Labour to cap campaign spending

The Labour party will place a spending cap on selection campaigns, Harriet Harman announced today.

Speaking on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show, Harman said the move was part of a "significant change" in the party's relations with trade unions, following Labour's row with Unite over allegations of ballot rigging.

The Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary said she had taken out a second mortgage on her home to fund her campaign to be deputy leader, because she was not backed by a union.

It is very important that people cannot be ruled out of a contest because they can't get the backing of a union or have their own independent funds.

– Harriet Harman

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Labour campaign spending cap

Labour is to impose a spending cap on selection campaigns as part of a "significant change" in its relations with trade unions, Harriet Harman said.