After yesterday’s developments in Falkirk – with Unite and their candidate being cleared of any wrongdoing – there have been calls from some in the party and the wider Labour movement for Miliband to call off his changes to the union link.
The Labour Party have made it clear tonight that Miliband won’t be doing anything of the sort, confirming that Miliband will tell the TUC on Tuesday:
“We need to build a party truly rooted in the lives of all the working people of Britain once more. That is what my reforms are about. It is the right thing to do. We have to change. And I am absolutely determined to make this change happen. It is the only way to build a truly One Nation party and a One Nation country.”
So why is this coming out now several days before the speech? Are the party expecting increasing calls from senior figures to end the reform process and the Collins review? And if so – is this pre-briefing of a key section of Miliband’s TUC speech intended to kill off such talk before it starts?
And also – crucially – what will the reforms Miliband is talking about actually look like?