Unite union halves Labour affiliation fees to £1.5m

The Unite union is to halve the amount it pays Labour in affiliation fees to £1.5m. Its decision comes after party members agreed to reform its historic link with the unions last weekend.

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Unite to halve Labour funding after reforms

Ed Miliband's reforms are said to have set the party's relationship with unions on a "new course". Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

The Unite union says it will halve the number of affiliate members it provides to the Labour Party this year - meaning an effective funding cut of £1.5 million.

The move follows Ed Miliband's reforms to the party's structure - including its historic ties to trade unions - which were approved at a special conference last weekend.

Unite said the party's decision had set its relationship with affiliated unions on a "new course".

Responding to Unite's announcement, a Labour spokesman said the party knew its reforms would have "financial consequences", but added it was now hoping to grow a base of "many small donors rather than a few big ones".

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