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NOMINATIONS for the post of leader of Britain's biggest trade union formally end today with two candidates confirmed in the election.

Liverpool-born Len McCluskey, the current general secretary of Unite will be challenged by rank and file member Jerry Hicks.

Mr McCluskey was elected in 2010 as the first general secretary of the merged union with Mr Hicks coming a surprising second, ahead of two assistant general secretaries.

Final figures for nominations were being revealed today but it is understood that Mr McCluskey has more than 1,000, while Mr Hicks has around 130.

Mr McCluskey announced he was bringing forward the election by almost three years to avoid a clash with the next general election in 2015.

Ballot papers go out next month with the result due in April.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2013
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