Unite right to withhold MP cash says Ian Lavery

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Union leaders are right to axe funds for Labour MPs who will not back them, a North East MP has said.

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, chair of the trade union group of Labour MPs, has said party leader Ed Miliband needs to realise the importance of having unions put the views of ordinary people into the party.

Labour’s left-wing powerbase in the North East has increasingly sided with the unions since Mr Miliband announced last year his intention to reform links with the party paymasters.

Now Wansbeck MP Mr Lavery has said Unite is right to stop paying out to MPs who will not back it.

Unite is paying out £3,000 a time to Labour MPs who backed the unions when party leader Mr Miliband proposed axing historic links.

That includes £3,000 for Easington’s Grahame Morris, who penned an article warning that “Miliband’s plans for the party’s…

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