Unite the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has confirmed that it intends to launch an appeal following the conclusion of the libel case involving Anna Turley which was announced today (Thursday 19th December).

A spokesperson for Unite said: “Unite is very disappointed with the court’s decision.

 “Anna Turley joined a section of Unite which was only open to the unwaged, this was to enable her to hide her membership from Unite and for the sole purpose of voting in the union’s general secretary election.

 “She then chose to sue for comments released by a Unite press spokesperson which appeared in a publication that we maintain we did not have responsibility for.

 “We note how critical the judgement is of how Ms Turley’s legal team handled this case in so far as they delayed the disclosure of evidence crucial to how Ms Turley came to join Unite, disclosure that revealed the existence of a secretive grouping of MPs.

 “However ultimately the union does not agree with the court’s findings on several points of law, including the finding as to the meaning of the statement originally made by Unite and including the finding as to whether the commentary was a matter of public interest.

 “Unite will therefore be appealing the decision.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.