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Ed Miliband looks in the wrong direction

Issue No. 2270

Labour leader Ed Miliband’s Refounding Labour project has done little but try to further erode the influence of the unions in the party.

He is pushing ahead with proposals to allow a new supporters’ group to vote in elections for the Labour leadership.

Miliband has backed down on plans to change voting powers at the Labour conference for now.

That leaves unions with 50 percent of the vote.

Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite union, has warned he would not give Labour a “blank cheque”.

He added, “The Labour Party can only exist if it speaks on behalf of ordinary working people and organised labour.”

But so far the unions look set to let Miliband do whatever he likes at Labour conference.

There are as many as three million political levy payers, and Miliband regards them as an untapped resource for the party.

Perhaps supporting them when they strike against the cuts might be a good start.

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Tue 20 Sep 2011, 18:04 BST
Issue No. 2270
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