Unite 'suspends' Len McCluskey challenger Gerard Coyne

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Gerard Coyne - the man challenging Len McCluskey for the leadership of Unite - has been suspended from his job as a regional official with the union.

The move comes as counting is about to get under way in the union's leadership ballot.

Mr Coyne, who is seen as the anti-Jeremy Corbyn candidate, has been suspended as West Midlands regional secretary pending an investigation.

He is not thought to have been suspended as a union member.

Mr Coyne's campaign was recently warned by the union's acting general secretary that some of his campaign literature contained potentially defamatory statements about Mr McCluskey.

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