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Union poll 'irregularities' found
Kevin Curran
Kevin Curran has denied the allegations
A GMB investigation into the election of one of its ex-leaders uncovered serious irregularities, the union says.

Kevin Curran became general secretary of the GMB union in 2003 after a decisive leadership election win.

However, a union conference in London was told leaflets supporting Mr Curran were sent to workplaces - union rules ban candidates from openly campaigning.

Mr Curran resigned last year, but has denied doing anything wrong. A new leadership election will now be held.

The GMB launched a nine-month investigation after a complaint was made.

Bank account

In a report presented to delegates, it was revealed tens of thousands of leaflets which supported Mr Curran had been posted to workplaces across the UK.

The cost of producing the leaflets had partly been paid for by the union.

MPs and employers had also helped in the campaign, and a bank account had been set up under the name of The Friends of Kevin Curran.

Delegates expressed anger and shock. One who spoke out was Keith Roberts.

"I have a background of a police officer - I would suggest that these people are prosecuted. I personally feel affronted by what's gone on," he said.

The conference accepted report unanimously, said BBC labour affairs correspondent Stephen Cape.

The report will trigger a fresh election for the union's leadership.

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