The Telegraph and indeed News of the World have articles on the extent of which Unite and Charlie Whelan are bankrolling the Labour Party. The Telegraph has this:
Unite is said to wield great influence over Gordon Brown and the Government’s policies in return for financial support and the votes of its two million members.
Ministers echoed the union’s opposition to Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury, but stayed silent over Unite’s threat to cause travel misery through a strike of British Airways cabin crew.
The union’s political director, Charlie Whelan, is acting as an official aide to Gordon Brown having previously worked as his special adviser, and is expected to be given a formal role in the forthcoming general election campaign.
Eric Pickles, the Conservative Party chairman, said:
“It’s quite clear that Charlie Whelan and his cronies are taking over the Labour party.
“Gordon Brown’s subservience to union barons and their militant tendencies means Labour are incapable of making the right decisions for the country.
“It’s disgraceful that Labour are quite happy to take £10 million from Unite, the union masterminding the BA strikes and ask no questions.”
Unite has given Labour £10.78m in cash donations and a further £287,023 in benefits such as the use of premises and printing since it was formed in 2007, through a merger of the Transport & General Workers Union and Amicus.
Electoral Commission records show that in the last three months of 2009 alone, Unite made donations worth almost £880,000 to Labour, including local constituencies in marginal seats as well as the national party.
According to the Telegraph Unite and Charlie Whelan are using American style election techniques to target voters they know may be Labour voters and firm them up by:
..registering with its website, www.unite4labour.org, union activists can gain access to the home and mobile telephone numbers of other members and are encouraged to call them up.
The website states: “Last week we launched the constituency phone bank which enables you to call Unite members in the marginal seats we are supporting. Now we are asking for your help to call our members in these seats every week in our ‘Talk Thursdays’.”
Mr Whelan wrote on the website: “I’d urge all Unite members to visit Unite4Labour, register for the member only section and talk to your colleagues about the threat to jobs, skills, schools, hospitals and local services that the Tory spending cuts will mean.”
So here we have one of Brown’s “Forces from Hell” using his position in a union to help his old Boss. Whelan is also accused by some in the Labour party of stitching up safe Labour seats fro some of his Labour cronies. The sheer hypocrisy of Labour is beyond a joke.
Britain’s biggest union ‘takes over’ Labour after £11m donations – Telegraph.