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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Superficial Labour constitutional reforms will fool nobody

The Guardian reports that ‘Ed Miliband has tabled proposals billed as the biggest change to the party's structures for 20 years,’ including diluting the trade union share of the vote in leadership elections by conferring the same democratic rights on non-paying registered party ‘supporters’ as those held by trade union political levy payers. Predictably, despite the hype of ‘Refounding Labour’ project, the democratic deficit in the electoral college, which in last year’s leadership election gave each MP a vote equivalent to that of 608 individual party member and to that of 12,915 affiliated trade unionists, will remain unchanged: