The Unite Trade Union boss, Len McCluskey, gave a reading at an event last night to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. The event was organised by the Venezuelan Embassy and featured a reception, readings and a performance.
Hard left militant, McCluskey, courted controversy recently following allegations that Unite was involved in rigging the selection of Labour Party candidates. Whilst the Union strenuously denied any wrongdoing, the Labour Party ordered a review of their relations with the Trade Union movement.
Hugo Chavez was President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. He was the leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, and then the United Socialist Party of Venezuela until 2012.
The Trade Union Reform Campaign said: “McCluskey is a crazed militant, so it’s little surprise he loved this evil dictator.
“Chavez was a disaster for Venezuela and McCluskey is a disaster for Britain, they are welcome to one another.”
Others in attendance included the left-wing poet Benjamin Zephaniah and film director Ken Loach.