Tom Watson: Way the unions organise in the Labour Party “pretty hopeless”

5th July, 2013 10:35 am

Appearing on his local radio station BBC West Midlands today, Tom Watson argued that the influence of Trade Unions on the Labour Party is overstated, saying:

“I’m looking at this current row – I mean, I’m not belittling it, by the way, I realise it’s very serious, but it’s hard not to reflect that there’s an irony in it because looking at how the unions organise within the Labour party, I generally think they’re pretty hopeless. I don’t think there’s many trade union activists who get much of a say these days.

“And so, I don’t think it’s a problem, I do think there’s a lot of politics behind it. Obviously, David Cameron would like people to believe that the Labour party is in the hands of these left-wing factions – it’s just not true. But, you know, we’ve got to sort these arrangements out, clearly something has gone wrong in Falkirk that needs sorting out, but I think David Cameron’s portrayal of the situation – that everyone is in hoc to Len McCluskey – is just not true.”

  • Redshift1

    Too true. I’ve seen such pathetic selection challenges converting into PPC it’s almost laughable.

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