Credit should go to Ed Miliband for this rare demonstration of common sense and fairness. Presumably the GMB are afraid that a substantial number will chose not to join and this will impact on their ability to dictate which Labour candidates should be selected and hence diminish their influence.
The move if carried through will be costly for the party as a whole, and will also mean individual elected Labour members will have to look elsewhere for funding – heaven forbid they may even have to fund their own campaigns!
Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw for example could find himself at a few more fundraisers. His record of interest at the Assembly states that he received £5000 from the GB for election expenses. It also states he has received a little over £15000 in gifts and hospitality form the GMB and Unite unions.
I have in the past ranted on numerous occasions about the incestuous relationship between the Labour party and the unions. It is undemocratic. Unions should be there to represent the interests of their workforce and not to play politics and interfere in the democratic process.