Union now paying more to Labour in affiliation fees than under McCluskey
Unite’s funding to the Labour party has increased in recent months, with the union giving almost £750,000 to the party in the last two months of last year compared to £663,122 donated under Len McCluskey in the first eight months of 2021, according to Electoral Commission figures.
The donations are fees paid by the union for affiliation to the Labour party:
In late 2020, McCluskey cut donations to the party significantly because of Keir Starmer’s hard lurch to the right compared to his leadership campaign promises. Ms Graham said recently that Unite would cut political funding to the party and campaigned for the general secretary position on a platform of peeling the union away from ‘Westminster politics’.
Other unions have already cut their donations to the party. The Bakers’ union disaffiliated entirely last year. The Communication Workers’ Union’s conference slashed funding to the bare minimum and the GMB, which ended donations to London Labour in protest at the Labour right’s treatment of workers, is said to be close to withdrawing its donations altogether, with GMB head Gary Smith furious at Starmer’s cosiness with Rupert Murdoch.
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