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Unite donates £1.5m to Labour

Unite donates £1.5m to Labour

Unite has announced it is donating £1.5m to the Labour party.

In a statement this afternoon, the union’s executive council confirmed that it would consider giving more money in the run-up to the election.

“The union is determined that the present government should not be allowed to float to re-election on a tide of big business cash while Labour remains under resourced,” the council said.

“The council therefore agrees to make a donation of £1.5 million to the Labour party’s campaign funds and will consider further support in due course.”

The Conservatives have used the announcement to accuse Unite of buying influence from Labour. 

"This huge donation from Unite doesn’t come for free," the Tory vice-chairman Bob Neill said.  

"We all know Len McCluskey and Unite buy Labour’s policies, choose Labour’s leader and pick Labour’s candidates.

"Just three months away from the most important general election of our generation, the choice couldn’t be clearer: between a competent Conservative Government that stands up for hardworking British taxpayers and an incompetent Labour party under Ed Miliband who’s too weak to stand up to his trade union paymasters."

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