There's been a angry response from Plaid Cymru's trade union section, Undeb, to remarks made by the Welsh Secretary of Unite during a Sharp End report on the Wales TUC conference. The comments by Andy Richards seemed to shed some light on why the Labour party felt able to describe as 'vicious', Plaid Cymru's call for a united front against public spending cuts.
The secretary of Plaid Cymru's trade union section, Undeb, claims that this accusation is offensive. Ian Titherington says Plaid encourages trade union members to pay into a general political fund but not to pay for their union to affiliate to the Labour party.
A Unite spokesperson stood by Andy Richards' criticism of Plaid Cymru, saying that whether political funding was spent on Labour party affiliation and how much was spent on other political purposes was a matter for the union's executive. He said the law did not distinguish between two kinds of political fund.