I don't have a track record of saying nice things about the unions but there's a first time for everything.
Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the Fire Brigade Unions, and Kevin Courtney, the National Union of Teachers Deputy General Secretary been game enough to join the London Assembly Conservatives in a debate at our party conference about the relevance of the unions in the 21st century.
As we will be putting on drinks and food (courtesy of Canary Wharf Group's support) we have decided to call the meeting "Beer and sandwiches with the unions". See what we've done there?
Having two union leaders step into the lion's den like this is quite a coupe for us and it promises to be a lively event, particularly as the speakers from our side are Richard Tracey and Brian Coleman both of whom have had run ins with the transport and fire brigade unions respectively.
Please join us at 4.00PM in the Manchester Town Hall, committee room 11. Feel free to bring your "one out - all out" placard or you capitalist stove-pipe hat, depending on affiliation.
See you there.
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