Second, the use of anonymous sources - "it is understood" - to claim that I have entered into secret undertakings with Tony Blair's office in respect of Clause IV is damaging and disturbing. Whatever view we take in the debate, the Labour leader and I agree that Clause IV is a matter of principle in which there is no room for trade-offs or secret deals. I will continue to speak out on behalf of the T&G, and our own democratic procedures will determine which way we cast our vote.
Three years into my period of office as general secretary, I must make it clear that there is no vacancy for the post and there is no election campaign going on either - so Barrie Clement can put away his crystal ball.
Yours sincerely, Bill Morris General Secretary Transport and General Workers Union London, SW1