Revealed: The document that explains how Unite intends to take over the Labour party

That’s the headline on a post over on Labour Uncut, and they have the full internal Unite strategy document to corroborate those claims:

The strategy is a powerful statement of intent. It’s clear that Unite intend to fundamentally change Labour…

In one passage, plans are set out to recruit 5000 new members from Unite into the Labour party. But this is no altruistic membership drive; the purpose of this influx of activists is to control local constituency parties…

The document goes on to outline how these new activists will be marshalled by Unite’s political structures to act as a bloc within CLPs. There will be, “Early meetings of Unite Labour party members in CLPs – an RPC and RPO responsibility”.

RPC stands for Regional Political Committee which brings together Unite’s regional political leadership while RPO refers to the Regional Political Officer, who is responsible for delivering the union’s political plan on the ground.

The strategy is explicit that the Regional Political Committees and Regional Political Officers will ultimately be held accountable by the Executive Council to deliver Unite’s political plans for Labour.

You can read the full post and the strategy document here.

* Mark Pack is Party President and is the editor of Liberal Democrat Newswire.

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  • I’d rather have Unite running the country than arch-Tory David Laws, who is currently being feted over at Conservative Home for his right wing policies.

  • kevin peters 24th Jun '12 - 11:34am

    Reminiscent of Militant Tendency and their entryism of Labour back in the 80s. This will cause a backlash which will scare some future Labour conference.

  • Richard Dean 24th Jun '12 - 11:45am

    Is Unite the only union with this kind of coherent strategy? Would it seem so bad if they were all doing it?

  • Neil Bradbury 24th Jun '12 - 11:58am

    Good news for people who want to see Labour becoming completely unelectable, bad news for people who want a genuine debate in politics, rather than a yaa boo shouting match.

  • I think the problems within the Liberal Democrats should be what you are concentrating on, not on what Labour may or may not be doing.

    Labour will probably be the party in power in 2015 and could possibly be the party the LibDems need to give support to in a coalition govt.

  • Ed Shepherd 25th Jun '12 - 9:42am

    I am a member of Unite but not a member of the Labour Party and I have never voted Labour. I have voted Lib Dem many times. Personally, I care little whether a few people in Unite are pusuing a scheme to increase their influence in the Labour Party. They will probably fail due to the usual apathy that besets trade unions and even if they do succeed, why should I as a voter and worker care less about the way in which the Labour Party is run? In some ways, 5,000 members of Unite joining the Labour Party strikes me as less of a threat to democracy than a few offshore-based millionaires funding the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. Meanwhile, back in the real world away from political blogs, hundreds of people are being made redundant in local companies. Who should the staff turn to for advice? Their trade unions or the Lib Dem leadership?

  • david thorpe 25th Jun '12 - 11:19am

    and this is why the liberald emocrats are needed and were founded, to stop unelected union barons running the country

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