Crow urges unions breakaway

Union boss Bob Crow will seek to exploit Labour wranglings with trade unions by urging the movement to break ties with Ed Miliband and create a party that "speaks for working people". The RMT general secretary will speak at the Durham Miners Gala.

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Union leader Bob Crow 'seeks to form new party'

Trade unions are to be warned to break ties with Ed Miliband and form a new "working class party" to replace Labour which "speaks for working people", union boss Bob Crow will say today.

Speaking ahead of today's Durham Miners Gala event, the RMT general secretary Mr Crow said:

Over the past week we have seen Ed Miliband dancing to the tune of Tony Blair and the rest of the New Labour conspirators as he seeks to hack away at the last remaining shreds of influence held by those who created the party that he leads, the trade unions.If others want to stick around and be insulted by those whose only interest is our money and not our ideas then that's a matter for them, for the rest, there is a whole world of opportunity outside the constraints of the Labour Party and RMT would urge them to embrace it and join us in this new political project.

RMT was expelled from the Labour Party almost a decade ago and in that time we have actually increased our political influence as we have had the freedom to back candidates and parties who demonstrate clear support for this trade union and its policies. If others now join us after the contempt that they have been shown by Ed Miliband then together we have a world to win. This is a moment of huge opportunity for all those sick and tired of Labour's embrace of pro-business, pro-EU, neo-liberal policies and we should seize it with both hands.

Crow to urge trade unions to break ties with Ed Miliband

RMT General secretary Bob Crow will speak at the Durham Miners Gala today. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Union boss Bob Crow will seek to exploit Labour wranglings with trade unions by urging the movement to break ties with Ed Miliband and create a party that "speaks for working people".

The RMT general secretary accused the Labour leader of showing unions contempt and "dancing to the tune of Tony Blair" following plans to end the automatic affiliation of union members to the party.

Although the transport union was expelled from the party in 2004 for allowing Scottish branches to affiliate to other political parties, Crow claimed the shake-up announced earlier this week was an attempt to "hack away at the last remaining shreds of influence held by those who created the party".

At today's Durham Miners Gala, one of the country's most traditional trade union events, he will attempt to rally support for a "new party of labour" to take on the "anti-worker" agenda of the three main Westminster political parties.

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