25 Aug Sharon Graham becomes first female general secretary of Unite union | Politics News
Sharon Graham has won the election to be the next general secretary of the Unite union, sources have told Sky News.
Ms Graham won the election after receiving 46,696 votes and will become the union’s first female general secretary.
Competitors Steve Turner and Gerard Coyne received 41,833 votes and 35,334 votes respectively.
The ballot was held following current leader Len McCluskey’s decision to step down from the role.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer congratulated Ms Graham on her appointment.
“Congratulations to [Sharon Graham] on her election as general secretary of Unite – the first ever woman to hold that role,” Sir Keir posted on social media.
“I’m looking forward to working together to improve the lives of working people across the country.”
Ms Graham currently leads Unite’s Organising and Leverage Department, which specialises in taking on hostile employers.
She has led recent disputes at British Airways and Crossrail as well as campaigning to unionise Amazon – and during the leadership campaign, described herself as the “workers’ candidate”.