The recent row over the influence of the Unite union in selecting parliamentary candidates in Falkirk has led to a reaction from an unexpected quarter. The GMB, one of the largest unions in the country has decided to drastically reduce its' financial contribution to the Labour Party. The BBC reports:
The union said there would also be cuts in spending on Labour campaigns.
The changes will take effect from the start of next year.
It comes ahead of Ed Miliband's move to reform union funding so individual union members have to opt in to support the party, rather than being automatically affiliated.
Of the £3.14m Labour received in the three months from April to June, the GMB gave £486,000.The full statement by the GMB reads:
LABOUR’S BIGGEST DONORS – APRIL TO JUNE 2013
Unite – £772,000
GMB – £486,000
Unison – £458,000
Usdaw – £411,000
Communication Workers Union – £143,000
(Source: Electoral Commission)
The TUC Conference begins on Saturday and attention will need to be made to the views of other Labour affiliated unions.