That may well be true, given he was a union rep. at the G.P.O. for many years and therefore, he should have indeed done so.
But ask him about when he was joint General Secretary of the U.C.W. (Union of Communication Workers); when he was a Postman, as he likes to keep telling everybody.
More to the point, ask him about how he sold out on the workers in the mid-90's.
I know, because I was there.
The next thing you know, he's an M.P.
I wonder how?
As someone once said to me; there are union reps. and there are union reps.