Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

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Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

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The Bet: Who will be the new TGWU general secretary?

Tony Woodley 2-1

Jack Dromey 3-1

Jim Elsby 5-1

When Norman Willis was general secretary of the TUC, every conference the hacks would report that he was on his way out. Indeed, the last time the Brothers visited Glasgow, speculation about his future continued all week. According to this year's gossip, since moving to Wales (and living above the shop during the week), John Monks has been looking to retire early. But he has been quick to deny such claims, insisting that he has 12 years still to go.

Unlike the top TUG job, the top TGWU job will soon be up for grabs, following the retirement of Bill Morris. The best-known candidate is Harriet Harman's husband, Jack Dromey. You can tell that he is serious this time, because he has shaved off his beard. I say "this time" because it will be his third attempt to win a top prize in the union movement, and he is hoping that it will be a case of third-time lucky. …

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