Unison reviews Labour ties
A third major trade union has announced it is reviewing its links with the Labour party following Ed Miliband's decision to back the public sector pay freeze.
The Evening Standard reports that Unison has launched a review of its relationship with the party. This comes as senior Labour figures went on the offensive against the trade unions, with Alan Johnson warning that trade unions are at risk of falling back into the "fantasy utopias" of the 1970s,
Writing in the Guardian, the former Home Secretary and trade union leader said the unions risked becoming the "delusional left".
But other Labour MPs continue to oppose the plan. Writing for PoliticsHome, backbencher John Mann called on Mr Miliband and Shadow Chancellor to go "back to the drawing board" on the party's economic strategy. He wrote: "The reality is that this is a political gesture, because a pollster has told Ed Miliband that he is seen as a weak leader and Ed Balls as weak on the economy. Solution: kick the highest voting and self-identifying group of floating voters and a group that is nationwide! Back to the drawing board lads."