James Forsyth

Unite not united about its support for Labour

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To my mind the most interesting political story of the weekend is tucked away inside The Sunday Times. Jonathan Oliver reports that Unite, a trade union which donates huge sums of money to Labour, might be taken over by those who believe that the union should stop funding Labour.  (The new leadership would not be in place this side of the election, though. Labour will still be able to rely on Unite’s help during the campaign).

Unite provides 15 percent of Labour’s funding and the loss of this money after an election defeat would be painful for Labour financially. However, I suspect that many Labour figures on the right of the party who have come to worry about how much the party will be in the pockets of the union after a defeat will not be too disappointed by this news.