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Union: No fuss over Labour funds

The GMB union general secretary Paul Kenny has said he "can't understand what all the fuss is about" after the union decided to cut funds to Labour. He met party leader Ed Miliband in a meeting arranged before the news broke yesterday.

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GMB 'expresses regret' over Labour affiliation plans

The GMB union is to reduce its spending on Labour Party campaigns and initiatives. It comes as the union announced it was to cut its affiliation funds in the wake of the row over party reforms.

The decision follows plans by Ed Miliband to give individual union members the choice of opting to join the party rather than being automatically affiliated. The union has affiliated 420,000 of its members to Labour but that figure will be cut to 50,000 from January.

GMB CEC expressed considerable regret about the apparent lack of understanding the proposal mooted by Ed Miliband will have on the collective nature of trade union engagement with the Labour Party.

A further source of considerable regret to the CEC is that the party that had been formed to represent the interest of working people in this country intends to end collective engagement of trade unions in the party they helped to form.

The CEC also decided to scale down by one third the level of its national political fund.

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