One result of the left-wing’s gazing too long on Lord Ashcroft’s contributions to the Conservative party is to bring about a similar gaze on Labour’s main source of funds and helpful political support – the unions.
And that has now happened. An excellent article in the Times by Rachel Sylvester – In the Red Corner: Labour’s answer to Ashcroft, uncovers the role of the Unite union and Charlie Whelan, its political director.
Although as Iain Martin notes in Shining a light on Whelan and Unite, it’ll be interesting to see the extent of press and media coverage on Labour’s union ties, especially the Unite union. Unions have contributed over 60% of Labour’s income over the last nine years, with almost one quarter coming from the Unite union.
It may be tough for the Conservatives to do this, but one necessary job is to continue to highlight Whelan’s discredited tactics and that Labour are in thrall to the unions. It needs to be in the electors minds when they come to vote. Worryingly, Peter Hoskin in the Spectator says don’t bother. Couldn’t disagree more.
Well done Iain Martin and Rachel Sylvester. Vital work.
LATE UPDATE: Spotted that Labour supporting Financial Times says of course Labour is supported by the unions, and now move along please. Sorry, won’t wash Jim Pickard. It is a problem.