Revealed: the new Charlie Whelan

Unite union leaders have, it seems, chosen Charlie Whelan’s successor as political director after Whelan announced on Twitter that he was leaving the job. Hi successor is to be Joe Irvin, former political secretary to Gordon Brown when he was prime minister.

As someone who took over from Damian McBride, Irvin will be used to filling the shoes of combative and rather divisive political staffers. He also has a solid background within one of Unite’s parent unions, the T&G, where he was director of policy for many years.

Nobody, it seems, has got round to telling the Unite political department yet.

The story, as they say, is developing…

Update: I told you it was developing. This appeared earlier as a comment on the original story by the editor and myself on the Tribune website:

“This story is untrue – no consideration has been given to a replacement for Charlie as yet

Andrew Murray, Unite Director of Communications”

(from Tribune blog)

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