On Sunday Politics with Andrew Neil, McCluskey denies (8:07) Unite legal chief, Howard Beckett, said in an email that his Communications team should prepare "nasty stuff" on Labour figures here.
"That's not true!" exclaims a hurt-sounding McCluskey. It is all a dastardly plot by the Tories and the Tory media. "What emails?" he says, when asked by Neil about Stevie Deans' email cache, now in the posession of the Sunday Times.
But, oh look, the Sunday Times yesterday published an email here from said cache by Beckett here (£):
"Comms will prepare the nasty stuff we know of individuals in the labour party but this will not be used".
Whether or not it is used immediately seems quite irrelevant but, call me old-fashioned, either the Sunday Times has fabricated this evidence, or it looks like Len McCluskey has said something on national television which has now been directly contradicted by written evidence. Although I would be delighted to hear from anyone at Unite who can explain this contradiction.
Doubtless it is another sinister "media witch-hunt" by the Tories and their friends in the media, etc. etc.