Speaking ahead of her appearance at the TUC conference, Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman said at a local level the relationship between the party and the trade unions is "in practice, not working at all".
She added there is not much connection between the party and members at this level and "that is what Ed Miliband wants to change".
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