NUT deputy's poll looms

16th July 2004 at 01:00
Its marathon 15-month leadership battle may have only just been settled, but the largest teaching union is already preparing for its next electoral contest.

In less than two months, nominations will open for the position of National Union of Teachers' deputy general secretary.

The contest is unlikely to mirror the four-way battle that led to Steve Sinnott being elected general secretary last month. Left-wing factions are anxious not to split their vote with rival candidates.

The Socialist Teachers' Alliance, Campaign for a Democratic and Fighting Union, and the Socialist Workers' Party were this week expected to agree on Christine Blower, Hammersmith and Fulham secretary and a former national president.

The moderate Broadly Speaking faction has not yet begun to decide on a candidate but early names being suggested include Tony Brockman, national executive member and Judy Moorhouse, recently elected chair of the General Teaching Council. Nominations close on December 3 with a ballot due from January 7 to 28.

* John Dixon, NUT regional East Anglia secretary, is standing in as deputy general secretary following Mr Sinnott's election.

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