Ed Miliband will today unveil his plans to change the link between the trade union movement and the Labour party, and a reform of the process through which party candidates are selected. In a speech this morning in London, he will propose the following:
- Labour's next candidate for mayor of London to be picked through a system of US-style primaries.
- There is a possibility they could be extended to the selection of parliamentary candidates where the local constituency party is weak.
- There will also be spending caps in selection contests for Parliament and the European Parliament covering both would-be candidates and any organisation backing them.
- A new code of conduct will be drawn up for those seeking parliamentary selection, with the prospect of disqualification if they breach the rules.