Unapologetic Miliband still committed to union reforms

Ed Miliband has resisted calls to apologise to would-be Falkirk MP Karie Murphy, who has now quit the selection race. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Ed Miliband will push ahead, unapologetically, with reforms to Labour's historic relations with trade unions despite his climbdown in a row with Unite over alleged rigging of candidates in Falkirk.

A disciplinary process found no rules had been breached by the union in the Scottish constituency.

But Mr Miliband will use his speech at the TUC conference on Tuesday to reiterate that he is "absolutely determined" to press ahead with reforms despite the loss of funding that may occur.

Labour had initially referred to the police claims that Unite - its biggest donor - signed people up as party members without their knowledge to get its candidate picked.

Read: Labour 'fix row' candidate quits Falkirk race

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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.