Bulwell MP Graham Allen has said “we cannot strangle our Unions and still be a democracy.”
The Trade Union Bill includes a series of measures that unions say will restrict their ability to campaign and speak out on behalf of their members. This includes a clause that will cut off trade unions’ financial support for the Labour Party, while doing nothing to limit the hedge funds and millionaires that support the Tories. This will create an overwhelming funding imbalance in our political system overnight. This law is being backdated, so that five million current members in union political funds will have that membership cancelled. Unions will have just three months to re-recruit those members.
Graham Allen MP said: “The Tories want to be in power for a generation, and are fixing the system to make that happen. From the cuts in funding for opposition parties, bringing forward the deadline for Individual Voter Registration to the upcoming boundary review, it has all been done to the advantage of the Conservative Party.”
Graham is urging members of the House of Lords to amend the Bill to stop this attack on democracy.