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Union left splits vote

The left wing of the largest teachers' union will split its vote in the forthcoming leadership election by fielding rival candidates.

The Socialist Teachers Alliance and the Socialist Workers Party have decided to back Alex Kenney, STA convener and east London NUT secretary.

But the Campaign for a Democratic and Fighting Union is supporting Ian Murch, Bradford NUT secretary. The two existing candidates in the leadership race are Steve Sinnott, the deputy general secretary backed by the soft-left Broadly Speaking faction, and John Bangs, the NUT's head of education.

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