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Wednesday 23rd February 2011 | 12:51
New donation figures released today by the Electoral Commission show that since Ed Miliband became Labour leader the Party has become even more reliant on the trade unions for funding, with almost nine of every ten pounds of donations now coming from them.
Under Ed Miliband Labour has become more reliant on the trade unions, who now provide nearly 90 per cent of the party's donations. Figures for the first quarter since Ed Miliband became Labour leader (Q4 2010) show that Labour received £2,545,610.10 in donations. £2,231,741.90 or 88 per cent of these came from trade unions, a massive increase on the same quarter the previous year (Q4 2009), when 36 per cent of their funding came from the trade unions.
Commenting on the latest figures, Deputy Conservative Party Chairman Michael Fallon said:
"Ed Miliband was elected by the unions, now almost every pound his party receives in donations comes from the unions. So much for a fresh start.
"With private donations to the Party shrivelled, the Labour party now looks like a wholly owned subsidiary of the trade unions. Unions who oppose any public service modernisation and deny the deficit. Labour under Ed Miliband are abandoning the centre ground of British politics."