Business Secretary Demands Trade Union Cuts Ties with Palestine Solidarity Campaign


Kemi Badenoch Appalled by Endorsement of Controversial Group

Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch is demanding that a leading trade union ends its ties with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. In a letter to Unite's chief Sharon Graham, Ms Badenoch says she is "appalled" the trade union can endorse the organisation's actions. The PSC is featured on the union's website.

Concerns over Anti-Semitism and Violence

Ms Badenoch said: "I am at a loss as to how Unite can associate itself with a group that espouses views that encourage the anti-Semitism and violence we are witnessing."

Pressure on Labour Leader to Suspend MP

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is under pressure to suspend MP Apsana Begum from his party after she posed with the group last weekend.

Unite's Affiliation with PSC

The PSC is one of the union's affiliated campaign groups and the union attended their conference last November. Unite has 1.2 million members across sectors such as manufacturing, construction, and transport.

Calls for Review of Funding

Unite has given Labour's central party, constituencies, and Scottish Labour nearly £5 million since Sir Keir Starmer became the leader of the Labour party in April 2020. One ex-Minister is even calling for Labour to review its funding from Unite under the current circumstances. Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said: "The Labour Party should immediately review union links to these organisations."

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