Labour Party officials are considering drastically reducing the influence of the trade unions in the party’s future decision-making, according to a leaked report revealed in the pro-Labour weekly Tribune.
Entitled Briefing Paper: The NPF Review, and marked “private and confidential” the report was produced by Byron Taylor, Labour’s trade union liaison officer, and circulated to all unions which are affiliated to the Labour Party.
On a covering sheet, Taylor said, “As you may be aware, the party is undertaking a review of the National Policy Forum process.
“Since the general election, we have received information from a number of sources regarding the outcome of this review as a result the Trade Union Liaison Office [TULO] has prepared a briefing report.”
Last year’s Labour conference agreed that there should be a review of the party’s internal policy making procedures known as Partnership in Power.
The review is being conducted by party chairman Ian McCartney and its findings will be reported to the National Policy Forum meeting on 16 July.
Although not originally intended to be part of the review, the TULO document predicts the review will recommend a weakening of union influence at the party conference.