Biggest union backs one member one vote to choose Welsh Labour leader

Efforts to get Welsh Labour to use the one member, one vote system to elect Carwyn Jones' successor as leader and First Minister have been boosted by a change of policy by the biggest affiliated trade union, Unite.

It's broken ranks with other unions that are defending the electoral college system, which currently reserves a third of the votes for union members. Unite Wales Secretary Andy Richards had been a supporter of the existing method of election.

Unite's General Secretary, Len McCluskey, is a key ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was elected under the one member, one vote system, which has also been adopted by Scottish Labour

The Welsh party executive, which rejected changing the rules last year, has asked the former cabinet minister Lord Murphy to report on whether there's a need to change. The executive will then make a recommendation to a special conference in September, which will decide the rules for choosing Carwyn Jones' successor.

Unite Wales will now call on Lord Murphy's review of Welsh Labour democracy to recommend the change.