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Thursday 25th July 2013 | 14:18
The Rt. Hon Ed Miliband MP
Leader of the Opposition
House of Commons
25 July 2013
I have learned today that the Information Commissioner's Enforcement Department has launched an investigation into alleged offences in Falkirk- specifically the purchase of Labour Party membership by Unite, for individuals, without their knowledge.
Following Police Scotland's announcement that they will not be undertaking a criminal investigation into the Falkirk selection scandal, there is now no legal impediment to the publication of the Labour Party's internal report.
Indeed this latest action by the Information Commissioner is further justification for immediate action.
Given that the Labour Party remain reliant on Unite's money and organisation for your party's policies, candidates and campaigning, publication of this report is clearly in the public interest.
Len McCluskey of Unite was steadfast in his belief yesterday that Unite has done nothing wrong, and told his executive committee that 'none of you have anything to be ashamed of'. He also called for the full report to be published - and that he will ensure that the 'truth' comes out. Even Tom Watson, your former head of campaigning, has called on you to publish the full report.
In order to guarantee the probity of ongoing Labour selections, you should also freeze all ongoing selection contests, and re-run those that are on Unite's list of 40 seats earmarked for similar treatment to Falkirk.
The allegations of vote-rigging in the Falkirk constituency are extremely serious and deserve to be dealt with transparently. Only then can you begin to re-build public faith in your party's selection procedures.
Grant Shapps MP