Ex-MP linked to union cash inquiry

LESLIE Huckfield, former Labour MP and MEP, has been named as a link man in a dossier of charges being investigated in the militant left Merseyside division of the Transport and General Workers' Union.

His alleged involvement as a 'facilitator' to win European Union funding totalling pounds 53,000 for an unauthorised seminar in Dublin is detailed in a secret report to the TGWU executive council leaked to the Independent on Sunday. The money was later moved to an unofficial account.

Bill Morris, the transport workers' leader, has set in motion a high-level investigation into various allegations of wrongdoing in the union's north-west region. It will be carried out by Albert Blyghton, legal secretary of the TGWU.

Three full-time officials have been named in the dossier presented to the union's executive three days ago. They are: John Farrell, regional secretary for general workers; Tom Hart, regional education secretary; and Eddie Roberts, a Liverpool-based divisional organiser. All face possible suspension or dismissal if the charges are upheld.

Under the heading 'Education Budget and Euro Funding', the dossier registers 'serious concern' about the funding of a works council seminar held in Dublin. Deputy General Secretary Jack Adams had verbally reported that 'an application had been made to fund this seminar in the name of the T&G apparently with L Huckfield acting as facilitator.

'The course was organised allegedly without the knowledge of the regional administration . . . the central education department had no knowledge of either funding of the course or its organisation.

'Brother Jack Adams addionally reported to the (executive) council that the application for funds to Europe resulted in the sum of over pounds 53,000 being paid into a shop stewards' account and almost immediately transferred to an account called the Dubin Astra account.'

Mr Huckfield, aged 51, was formerly MP for Nuneaton, and then MEP for Merseyside East until he was de-selected. He could not be reached for comment last night.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: SAGE Bookkeeper & PA to Directors

£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...

Recruitment Genius: Online Sales and Customer Services Executive

£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...

Recruitment Genius: Accounts Assistant - Fixed Term Contract - 6 Months

£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...

Recruitment Genius: Electricians - Fixed Wire Testing

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a result of significant cont...

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with excess, cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings