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Labour unveil plan to redesign link with trade unions

Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed to "let people back into our politics" as he unveiled details of his promised plan to recast the party's historic link with the trade unions.

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Miliband: 'Biggest changes' to Labour since formation

Individual trade unionists no longer be automatically affiliated through the payment of the political levy, but they will be able to take part in elections if they choose to join a new category of affiliated members for a fee of just £3.

These are the biggest changes to who can become involved in the Labour Party since probably its formation.

They go much further than people expected, but they are designed to open us up and complete unfinished business of the past 20 years.

These reforms are about letting people back into our politics, and getting them back into politics.

– Labour leader Ed Miliban

They will also be able to attend party meetings and the leadership hopes they will be encouraged to become more involved in campaigning, providing a new source of activism.

It will end the system which brought Mr Miliband the leadership with the support of the big unions, narrowly beating his older brother David.

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