Party Funding

This week Ed Miliband heralded the biggest Labour Party reforms for a generation to strengthen the connection with millions of individual working people... In marked contrast, and using language that is a throwback to the old Tory party, David Cameron offers nothing but an attack on Labour's trade union links.
The risks of distancing the Party from the unions are clearly not simply financial. The labour movement arguably anchors Labour to the interests - or at least the perceived and the collective interests of ordinary working people of the country it one day hopes to govern again.
Labour's relationship with big donors hasn't always been comfortable, as the Eccleston saga showed, and if the party becomes more dependent on the same big money and vested interests as the Conservatives then the risk is that it will only come to resemble them even more.
After a kicking last week over Labour's union links, Ed Miliband cast the Conservatives as the "party of the privileged" in
Trade union members will no longer be automatically signed up to the Labour Party under drastic reforms to be announced by
Ed Miliband said he wanted to "mend...not end" Labour's relationship with the trade unions as he promised further party reforms
Ed Miliband has had a dramatic clash with Labour's biggest financial backer, calling comments by the leader of the Unite
The Conservative Party has rejected calls to repay donations received from Asil Nadir's Polly Peck business empire, insisting
Leftwing activists have launched a new website which they claim exposes "secret" donations to Conservative MPs, the latest
Donations to political parties plummeted by almost £1m in the second quarter of 2012, the same period as the cash-for-access