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Sharon Graham was elected Unite leader on a promise to take the union “back to the workplace” and spend less time on Westminster politics.

She insisted that “wasn’t just an electoral chant”, and has argued that she was “all about action”.

But one of her earliest decisions is about not doing something.

She is the first leader of Unite – Labour’s biggest trade union funder – to decide not to attend the party’s annual conference this weekend.

It is in stark contrast to her predecessor Len McCluskey, who was an influential and ever-present figure in Labour circles.