General secretary Len McCluskey has announced that Unite the Union will use the funding withdrawn from Labour after its affiliation cut to “support and nurture the newer voices in our movement”.
The executive council of Unite narrowly voted yesterday to reduce its affiliation to Labour by 10%, or 50,000 affiliates, which is a significant move – though the union will remain the party’s largest trade union affiliate.
Announcing the decision officially this morning, McCluskey said Unite would use the political funds to support the “very talented thinkers and energetic organisations out there who could do with our assistance”.
The Unite general secretary said: “Unite is and will remain the biggest affiliate to the Labour party, something that we are very proud to be.
“We know that it is this union’s financial support and dedicated activists that help ensure that the Labour party is not just election-ready but sustained between elections.