Ed Miliband will tell unions: 'We have to change'

Labour leader Ed Miliband will tell the TUC he is "absolutely determined" to change union membership in the party to an opt-in system.

Addressing TUC members on Tuesday, Mr Miliband will tell the conference:

We need to build a party truly rooted in the lives of all the working people of Britain once more.

That is what my reforms are about. It is the right thing to do. We have to change.

And I am absolutely determined to make this change happen.

– Labour leader Ed Miliband

Mr Miliband's reform of trade unions would no longer see members automatically affiliated with Labour, as happens now.

Unions, though, fear the changes will relegate them to "placard carriers and cheque writers" and weaken or even sever the historic link with the party.

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Unite 'vindicated' over Falkirk

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has said the union is delighted to have been "vindicated" over the Falkirk selection row and it is time to "move on". He added the union wants have a "proper debate" about updating its relationship with Labour.