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Davey Hopper tribute

27 July 2016

Labour movement activists - including a sizeable contingent from ASLEF - are gathering in Durham today to pay tribute to Dave Hopper, secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association, who died unexpectedly on 16 July. Davey was elected general secretary of the Durham area NUM in 1985 and led the union...

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Mick welcomes High Court ruling

27 July 2016

Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, welcomed the High Court decision today to reject a challenge to Labour’s decision to let Jeremy Corbyn automatically stand for re-election as leader. He said: ‘The judge saw this for what it was – a specious, and sneaky, bid to prevent the Labour Party coming...

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ASLEF backs Jeremy (again)

26 July 2016

ASLEF’s executive committee, meeting today, has unanimously endorsed Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to be re-elected leader of the Labour Party. Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, said: ‘We backed Jeremy for leader last year because he offered the party – and the country – a vision of a better...

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Mick to speak at Burston

25 July 2016

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, is to speak at the Burston strike school rally at Crown Green, Burston, near Diss, in Norfolk on Sunday 4 September to celebrate the longest strike in British history. It began in 1914 when two teachers, Annie Higdon and her husband Tom, at the...

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Wilkinson says sorry (at last)

20 July 2016

Peter Wilkinson, the DfT official who earlier this year called train drivers ‘muppets’, lied about drivers’ salaries, and got a string of facts about the railway wrong, finally apologised for his ill-considered and intemperate remarks when he was hauled before the Transport Select Committee at the House of Commons...

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