New figures from the Electoral Commission today reveal that Labour, under Ed Miliband, is still overwhelmingly reliant on money from the trade unions.

These figures from the Electoral Commission show that:

· 75 per cent of all of Labour’s donations under Ed Miliband have come from the trade unions.

· Almost a third of all of Labour’s donations under Ed Miliband have come from the Unite super-union.

· The Unite super-union alone accounts for 20 per cent of Labour’s donations in this quarter;

These follow a series of comments from senior Labour figures criticising union manipulation of Labour selections as part of their political strategy for a ‘bottom up takeover’ of the Labour Party:

· Just last week Lord Mandelson said that Labour selections were ‘being put into the hands of one union at worst, a couple of unions at best’;

· Stella Creasy said it was ‘difficult’ to get selected without union backing;

· A Labour frontbencher said that the unions had such influence over selections that ‘if Ed Miliband wins the next election he will be in coalition with Unite’.

Grant Shapps - Communities and Local Government Office (Open Government Licence)

Grant Shapps – Communities and Local Government Office (Open Government Licence)

Grant Shapps, Chairman of the Conservative Party, said:

The union barons' stranglehold over the Labour Party means Ed Miliband is offering no new ideas and no leadership.

Until Ed Miliband breaks his overwhelming reliance on the union barons’ coffers, he cannot stand up for Britain’s hardworking people. Instead he can only offer the same old Labour plan of more spending, more borrowing and more debt – exactly what got us into this mess in the first place.”

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