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March 5, 2014
Unite union cuts funding to Labour by £1.5 million
Source: Telegraph
By: Georgia Graham

The union has cut the numbers of members it automatically affiliates to the party following far-reaching reforms of union links brought in by Ed Miliband

Unite union will cut its funding to Labour by £1.5 million after the Party voted for far-reaching reforms to the their links with trade unions.

The union, Labour’s biggest contributor, said it would now affiliate just 500,000 of it's one million members to the party in 2014 and will review the number annually.

However, the union indicated it is prepared to offer additional funding in the run up to general election at the discretion of Len McCluskey.

The move could give Unite more influence over the Party by giving it the power to decide which Labour campaigns it is willing to fund.

Currently, all the union's members are automatically affiliated to Labour, contributing £3 million a year to the party’s coffers.




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