TURC Vice Chairman, David Morris MP Hits Out at RMT’s Bob Crow

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Trade Union Reform Campaign, Vice Chairman, David Morris MP has today criticised the RMT Union’s Bob Crow. Mr. Crow claims that the three main political parties do not represent ordinary workers.

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Speaking from his Morecambe & Lunesdale constituency David Morris said:

“I worked as a hairdresser for more than twenty years, believe me I know what it is like to be an ordinary worker which is why I have fought European Union red tape and sought to speak to and listen to workers. On the other hand how can Mr. Crow purport to represent ordinary workers on a reported salary of £145,000 and a flat that is supposed to be social housing occupied by a low income family.”


More fraud allegations surface as Labour’s “one-off” incident spirals

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Last week The Trade Union Reform Campaign – chaired by Conservative MP Aidan Burley and listing 12 Tory MPs on its parliamentary council – worte to the trade union certification officer David Cockburn to demand a fraud investigation into allegations that Unite signed up members to the Labour Party in Falkirk without their knowledge.

Now another Conservative MP has written to the Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe asking him to investigate Unite’s behavious in Labour selections in Ilford North and Lewisham Deptford. Alleging:


“there may have been fraudulent behaviour – a breach of Subsection 1, Section 2, of the Fraud Act 2006 under the terms of ‘false misrepresentation’, defined in the act as someone who ‘(a) dishonestly makes a false representation, and (b) intends, by making the representation, to gain for himself or another or causes loss to another/exposes another to a risk of loss’.

Furthermore, I believe that this may also constitute fraud by abuse of position, breaching Section 4 of the Fraud Act 2006, which states, ‘A person is in breach of this section if he: (a) occupies a position in which he is expected to safeguard, or not to act against, the financial interests of another person, (b) dishonestly abuses that position, and (c) intends, by means of the abuse of that position…to make a gain for himself or another’”


The allegations centre around Unite offering members free Labour Party membership in exchange for meeting Len McCluskey and Labour activist Mandy Richards claiming that Unite are “bankrolling” a number of “orchestrated” campaigns.

It is increasingly looking like Falkirk was not a one-off…

Trade Union Certification Officer Opens Falkirk Fraud Review

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The Trade Union Certification Officer has opened a “review” into the Unite union and the Falkirk mess. Responding to a complaint from the Trade Union Reform Campaign, Guido understands that the body that regulates unions wants the Information Commissioner to investigate possible Data Protection Act breaches.

The regulator is gathering evidence…

TURC highlights unions abuse of power within the Labour Party – Red Ed Miliband’s key ally Tom Watson resigns

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One of Ed Miliband’s closest allies has resigned for the shadow cabinet amid the row over the party’s close trade union links.


Tom Watson, who’s resignation from the then-Labour Government in 2006 started the wheels in motion for Tony Blair’s departure, said he was standing aside for “the unity of the party”.

The Prime Minister tore into Mr Miliband in the Commons yesterday, after allegations the Unite union had undue influence in the Labour Party’s Falkirk constituency selection process.

Mr Miliband had been under pressure to axe Mr Watson as deputy chairman and election co-ordinator due to his strong union links, and had already rejected Mr Watson’s resignation earlier this week.

The Trade Union Reform Campaign – chaired by Conservative MP Aidan Burley and listing 12 Tory MPs on its parliamentary council – wrote to the trade union certification officer David Cockburn to demand a fraud investigation into allegations that Unite signed up members to the Labour Party in Falkirk without their knowledge.

Today Mr Watson fell on his sword, and in a letter to Mr Miliband said:

“I think it would be a good idea for you, and me, if I stood down from the role now.

“As you know, I offered my resignation on Tuesday and you asked me to reconsider.

“I’ve thought about it and still feel it is better for you and the future unity of the party that I go now.”

“There are some who have not forgiven me for resigning in 2006.

“I fully accept the consequences of that decision and genuinely hope my departure allows the party to move on.

“Yet it’s not the unattributed shadow cabinet briefings around the mess in Falkirk that has convinced me that the arrangement has run its course (though they don’t help).”

Mr Watson, who is MP for West Bromwich East, was widely praised for his work on the phone-sacking scandal which eventually brought about the closure of the News of the World.

But he has remained a controversial figure within his own party, and was previously a close ally of Gordon Brown before he became Prime Minister.

His resignation address read more like a ‘Dear John’ letter at times, and even had a ‘it’s-not-you-it’s-me’ sub-text: “Having resigned a couple of times before, I know how puckish lobby hacks might choose to misconstrue the departure.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said the resignation was a vote of no confidence in Mr Miliband’s leadership.

He said: “But this still doesn’t change the fact that Len McCluskey’s Unite union is taking over the Labour Party.

“Ed Miliband is not in control of his Party. He’s too weak to stand up to Len McCluskey, too weak to stand up for hardworking people and too weak to run the country.”

Mr Watson’s resignation came as Conservatives tried to maintain pressure on Mr Miliband over the Falkirk row.

Mr Shapps also challenged Mr Miliband to “come clean” about Unite leader Len McCluskey’s “takeover” of his party, after a leaked document suggested that the union had been working to get favoured candidates selected in 41 seats.

TURC Chief Executive calls for investigation in letter to the Certification Officer

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TURC calls for Union Regulator to Investigate Unite for Fraud

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Unite Officials Could Face Four Fraud Charges Over Falkirk

The official trade union Certification Officer – who by law regulates trade unions – is being asked to investigate Unite over allegations that the signing up of Unite union members to the Labour Party in Falkirk without their knowledge or permission is an act of fraud. The Trade Union Reform Council (TURC), which is backed by 12 MPs, alleges that there are legal grounds for making 4 criminal charges of fraud against Unite union officials.

The Certification Officer has statutory powers to direct an organisation at any time, if he thinks there is good reason to do so, to produce relevant documents to aid his investigations, this could mean the Labour Party is forced to reveal the suppressed report of its own investigation into the goings on in Falkirk. The Certification Officer is almost certain to begin an investigation which could result in all the dirty washing being revealed.

Fraud is an imprisonable offence…



Ed Miliband’s Unbreakable Union Strings

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In 2010, even before Ed Miliband was elected, by the reinvented trade union block vote over his brother during the Labour leadership contest, Ed has been a leader with an unbreakable association with Labour’s trade union partners, especially Unite. The last two weeks have brought the ugly side of Labour’s biggest donor to the surface, with a Police investigation into allegations that Union members were signing up party members without their knowledge.

In 2010 Baroness Warsi issued a warning “The fact that Ed Miliband owes his position to the votes of the unions does not bode well,” she said. “At the moment this looks like a great leap backwards for the Labour Party.”

It has been estimated that around 70 per cent of Labour candidates for the 2015 election have links to the trade unions. At least 27 of those are affiliated to the Unite Union through membership, sponsorship or some form of employment.

What will worry the British people is the prospect of a union-puppet like Ed Miliband becoming Prime Minister, with Len McClusky pulling the strings. The Unions decide his policy, they pick his candidates and they are the biggest donor to the Labour party. The thought of the unions controlling Britain is a worrying one indeed.

Labour Caught Red Handed…New Leaked Unite Briefing Details Plot to Stitch Up Seats

Posted by Admin on July 10, 2013
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Joey Jones has a private and confidential briefing note that was handed to Len McCluskey in March. It outlines, explicitly, Unite’s plot to stitch up seats.

“The central task of the Political department since the last EC has been to maximise the possibilities of working class and progressive candidates in the Labour Party Parliamentary candidate selection process… Selections are now commencing in a number of seats – and the rest of the selections in the marginals will be completed at least by the end of the year.

 Our expectations are realistic, but we campaign as hard as possible for victories.  A key part of our general political strategy involves winning more Unite members to join and become active in the Labour Party. This has been particularly urgent in those constituencies with forthcoming selections. Indeed it is also readily understandable if you want a progressive working class Labour candidate, join and work for one is the simple message. As soon as the boundary review was abandoned, we accelerated our member development programme. Only members joining prior to six-months before the commencement of the CLP selection process are eligible to participate in the process.

We are working with other Unions to ensure general agreement around candidates in selections. With some give and take broad agreement has been reached across the main trade unions involved. Regions have been asked for their preferences – and in the main have produced comprehensive proposals – usually following regional discussions with TULO or, Big Four unions.

Future Candidates Programme: Our second Future Candidates Programme took place in February. We now have 30 potential candidates on the programme, and will be inducting a further 20 after Easter.  This is a serious long-term training programme, aimed at developing Unite Activists so that they can become candidates for public office.”


They go on to express disappointment at the Labour policy review and plan greater union involvement in setting party policy:


“The Labour Party policy review is proceeding in two ways.  Jon Cruddas is directing the Policy Review, involving Shadow Cabinet groups, and with a number of meetings at Westminster. This is not developing as well as we might like – and we are seeking to get bigger trade union involvement in this.”


Labour Hand Over Falkirk File After Tories Report Unite to Cops

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After calls by Mark Clarke, Chief Executive of TURC Labour is set to release the secret Falkirk report to the cops this afternoon, the Tories say they were forced into the decision after Tory MP Henry Smith reported Unite to the police yesterday. He requests they investigate whether Unite are “guilty of committing fraud in Falkirk”, “making a false instrument and a false declaration” illegal under the Scottish common law offence of fraud, and also that “a crime of ‘uttering’ may have taken place through tendering forged documents with an intention to defraud”.

This comes after the Trade Union Reform Campaign called on the Certification Officer to investigate yesterday.

Full Time Whitehall Pilgrims Defeated

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It is eighteen months since Guido launched his campaign against Pilgrims – taxpayer-funded trade union officials – and tonight victory of sorts can be be declared. During his speech to Tory party conference on Monday, Frankie Maude will announce a series of radical new measures which mean the Whitehall versions of Jane PilgrimHank Roberts and Julie Davies will no longer be able to rip off the taxpayer for the unions’ benefit. Civil servants will now be banned from spending more than half their time on trade union work, with a new maximum of 0.1% of a departmental budget can now be spent on union representation. Paid time off for union activities has also been scrapped meaning we will no longer be picking up the tab for PCS conferences. Any special circumstances will have to be signed off at Ministerial level and details published online. The unions are furious, but there’s not much they can do to fight transparency.

Credit should be given to the sterling work done by the Trade Union Reform Campaign in helping to expose Pilgrims. TURC chairman Aidan Burley tells Guido:


“These welcome reforms are long over-due, and it speaks volumes that a Labour government bankrolled by the Unions never got round to even ensuring that Government Departments kept basic records of time employees spent on working for trade unions.”



While TURC CEO Mark Clarke adds:

“It is great news that Francis Maude is calling time on the wasteful practice of Pilgrims in central government. But this will still leave thousands of Pilgrims working in schools, hospitals and local government. That means nurses not nursing and teachers not teaching. The Maude reforms need to be extended across the whole public sector so we end this abuse once and for all.”

A very pleasing start, that needs to be enforced across the public sector..

The entire story of how Guido and co beat the Pilgrims, ranging from the outing of Jane Pilgrim to parties with Pickles and Frankie Maude’s consultation, can be seen here.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance data was at the heart of this fight, they’ve also responded to the news:

“This move to reduce facility time in Whitehall will save taxpayers millions of pounds, which will be most welcome at a time when hard-pressed families across the UK are having to tighten their belts.However, similar action is also going to be required elsewhere in the public sector. Only then will the days of nurses and council staff working full-time for the union instead of doing the job for which they are paid be consigned to history.”