Harriet Harman dismisses fears of union 'domination'

Harriet Harman, deputy Labour leader, has denied there would be a 'rubber stamping' of proposals to alter how the party selects its leadership.

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Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has defended plans to change the rules on how the party's leader is elected, rejecting fears of union domination.

She said allowing union members to pay £3 to affiliate to Labour and then vote in the leadership elections would "breathe fresh light" into the party.

Ms Harman told the BBC it was "phobic" about trade unions not to let their members, "working people", have a say.

The Tories say the changes will make it easier for unions to pick leaders.

The change is one part of Labour leader Ed Miliband's proposed shake-up of the party's historic relationship with the trade unions.

Mr Miliband said future leadership contests would be decided by a one member, one vote election which would mean union members could pay £3 to affiliate to Labour and then get a leadership vote which would be equal to that of full members of the party.

Ed Miliband: "Giving ordinary people a say in our party"

There are about 200,000 Labour Party members and 2.7m trade unionists and it was put to Ms Harman on the Andrew Marr Show that the change would mean - even if only one in 10 took up the £3 option - union members having a greater say on choice of leader than full members.

She said: "It's not about the numbers, it's about opening up the Labour Party to people at workplaces up and down the country, broadening the base of the Labour Party but doing it in a legitimate way and a realistic way.

"They will be ordinary people at work and this will reinvigorate the party at local level. It will breathe fresh light into the Labour Party.

"A lot of people feel that politics is out of touch and people in parties don't understand their lives. To have a strong local connection between people who are living and working locally... is what politics and our democracy needs in this country."

March conference

Asked about the prospects of union members dominating local Labour parties, she said: "I think it is being slightly phobic about trade unions - why shouldn't a care worker or somebody who works in a warehouse have a say about the leader of the party they support and the party they are paying towards."

Harriet Harman, right on the Andrew Marr Show Harriet Harman said students and members of the armed forces also had cut price membership options

Asked if the changes would "tilt" the Labour Party generally in a union direction, Ms Harman said: "If you mean people who care about more people being able to get jobs, being able to get the living wage, caring about decent terms and conditions, caring about equality and social justice well yes, that's a good thing, that's what the Labour Party believes in."

She said the changes would be discussed by Labour MPs this week, before going to the national executive ahead of a "Labour conference" in March to either approve or reject the plan.

The key changes

A new method of electing Labour's leader - the electoral college, which gives unions, party members and MPs/MEPs a third of the votes each, abolished in favour of one member, one vote

MPs have sole nomination rights for leadership candidates and those candidates will need a higher level of support than at present 20% of MPs

All union members will have to 'double opt-in' if they want to take part in a leadership contest. They have to say that they are content to give money to Labour AND that they want to become 'an affiliated supporter'

Only full party members - not trade-union 'affiliated supporters' - will choose parliamentary and council candidates

Changes to London mayoral selection - Labour's candidate to be selected in the same way as the party leader

New leadership rules will be put in place this year - but changes to the party's funding will be phased in over five years

Currently - under Labour's electoral college system - MPs and MEPs get a third of the votes to select a new leader, trade unions get a third and party members another third.

That system is to be abolished with every party member and those union members who donate to the party having an equal say.

Under Labour's plans, from the end of 2014 new members of unions affiliated to the party would have to opt in and pay a £3 fee to Labour and then get a leadership vote, despite not being a full member of the party.

This process would be phased in over five years for existing union members.

Registered supporters of the party, a fairly new category aimed at offering an alternative to joining the party, would also get a vote in leadership elections.

But MPs would retain the sole right to nominate leadership candidates. The threshold those candidates would need is also to be raised - possibly to 20% of Labour's MPs.

At present, trade union members pay a levy to the party - decided by the union - unless they opt out.

The BBC also understands that unions will retain 50% of the votes at the party's conference.

The leader of the GMB union, Paul Kenny, told the BBC's Sunday Politics that the changes were not yet a "done deal" and still had to be approved by Labour national executive.

He said that change to one member one vote was "a completely sensible idea".

"I know there are some people who are upset about it, mostly MPs who will lose their golden share but it really is a nonsense that one MP should have the same voting strength as 1,000 party members," he added.

Paul Kenny appears on Sunday Politics Paul Kenny told Sunday Politics Labour donations would depend on what was in the party's manifesto

But Mr Kenny also warned that any attempt to break the unions' voting power at party conference or within the party's ruling NEC would break any deal.

Conservative party chairman Mr Shapps said: "Ed Miliband promised to loosen the trade union barons' grip on the Labour Party. But he has been too weak to deliver.

"Until now, the union barons could buy Labour's policies and pick Labour's leader. After these changes, it will be even easier for the union barons to buy Labour's policies and even easier to pick the leader."

He added: "Ed Miliband has shown he's too weak to stand up to the union barons who own him, too weak to stand up for hardworking people and too weak to offer a long-term economic plan to secure Britain's future."

Grant Shapps: "I do not think it is right to have trade union barons deciding policy"

The Labour leader embarked on reforming the union link after a selection row in Falkirk last year when allegations of vote-rigging surfaced involving the Unite union.

No wrongdoing has been found to have taken place.

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    You can read the news report on the net migration figures here.

    13:17: 'Jhadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    Sir Menzies Campbell says the security threat to the UK at the moment is so great that the government should look again at the funding it is proposing in the next parliament. He says the government is planning to increase funding by "only £100m" which isn't a great deal of money in the circumstances.

    13:16: More migration stats Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    Some extra points on net migration, which has risen to 298,000 in the year ending December 2014.

    • In 2014 there were 8% more work-related visas - up 12,422 to 167,202
    • In 2014 study-related visas rose slightly up 0.7%
    • In 2014 there were 5% more family visas, 6% more asylum applications and enforced removals fell 6%.
    • The number of non-UK nationals in employment in October to December 2014 was 3m, an increase of 239,000 or 9% from the comparable quarter in 2013
    • This change was driven by EU nationals: EU nationals in employment increased to 1.8m (+269,000; +17%), whereas non-EU nationals in employment decreased to 1.1m (-29,000; -2.5%).
    13:13: "Jihadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    Security services have known for some time that the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was Kuwaiti-born British man Mohammed Emwazi, it has emerged. The Liberal Democrat MP Sir Menzies Campbell who sits on Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, claims he only discovered the identity of Emwazi himself today. He says although the committee is entitled to evidence relating to certain security operations it is only entitled to that evidence after the operations have been completed, so as to avoid "a running commentary".

    12:59: Miliband woos manufacturers

    Ed Miliband has pledged to be a "champion" for engineering and manufacturing if he becomes prime minister after the general election. At the EEF conference, the Labour leader warned company bosses they may not always agree with what his government does. But he insisted they would always have "a voice", adding: "Our future depends on you."

    12:54: BBC' hopeful' over election debates (pt2)
    First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson

    But Mr Robinson has said he hadn't heard anything from the BBC representatives that was new or strengthened what he described as their "threadbare argument". He said his party would await an outcome to its appeal to the BBC Trust, which is expected to be heard next month, and this would provide the BBC and other broadcasters with an opportunity to change their position before the matter goes to court.

    12:53: BBC 'hopeful' over election debates (pt1)

    The BBC's director of news and current affairs, James Harding, says he remains extremely hopeful that UK general election TV debates will be broadcast as planned in April. Mr Harding met the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader, Peter Robinson, in Belfast today to discuss the DUP's complaint that they have not been invited to take part in a seven party debate, even though Scottish and Welsh nationalists will participate.

    12:46: Meaningless target Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    The net migration target is a meaningless one, Labour's David Hanson tells Daily Politics. The shadow immigration minister is pressed over whether Labour has a target number. Mr Hanson refuses to do so, saying he is interested in the long term interests of the British economy. He does say he would take students out of the immigration figures - "about 80,000 a year".

    @daily_politics Race for City Hall Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    London mayor bid: "There could still be candidates who may come out of the woodwork later on, I don't know who they are though" @IvanMassow

    12:33: Not looking back in anger... Brian Wheeler Political reporter
    Noel Gallagher

    UKIP's Steven Woolfe has another claim to fame (apart from appearing on Britain's top rated lunchtime politics show). The former hedge fund lawyer, who grew up in a tough part of Manchester, was in the same primary school class as Oasis star Noel Gallagher. He once told me the famously gobby rock legend was a "straightforward" character. As if to prove the point, Gallagher said last week that Nigel Farage "doesn't look capable of running a corner shop, let alone a country".

    12:23: UKIP on migration figures Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Steven woolfe

    UKIP migration spokesman Steven Woolfe tells the Daily Politics "there needs to be a radical review of how we deal with net migration". He says UKIP would set a cap on gross migration into the UK of "50,000 for those who have the right to work with the option for permanent residence here". There would still be flexibility for short term work needs, he says, but that move "would take out 167,000 of these figures each year".

    Earlier Mr Woolfe told reporters government policy was "fatally holed beneath the water line and is sinking fast".

    12:22: Pic: The Daily Politics line-up Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics
    12:19: Empty chaired Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics graphic

    The net migration figures are being discussed on Daily Politics now. Andrew Neil says no Conservative ministers, or MPs were available to come on to the show to discuss the figures. He reads out a list of questions that he would have asked them.

    12:08: PM on Savile report Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said David Cameron believes that the fact that Jimmy Savile's "horrific abuse was allowed to go on for so long" shows the need to learn lessons, which is why the government set up the Kate Lampard review. She said decisions on prosecutions are a matter for the prosecuting authorities, the issue for the government is "to make sure such horrific abuse does not happen in future".

    The spokeswoman said there are already stronger incentives for staff and managers to pass on information about their concerns, but she said "the prime minister wants to do more". She said he is committed to consulting on mandatory reporting of child abuse and will now seek to extend that to vulnerable adults too.

    12:03: 'Jihadi John' named Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said she would not confirm or deny reports that Jihadi John has been named as Mohammed Emwazi. She said "we do not confirm or deny matters relating to the intelligence services". On the alleged murders of British hostages, she said "we are absolutely determined to bring the perpetrators to justice" and said the police and security services are working hard to do that.

    11:59: A packed show Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Coming up on the Daily Politics from 12:00-13:00: Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn on the report into Jimmy Savile which described him as an "opportunistic predator" at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and talking migration figures with UKIP's Steven Woolfe and Labour's David Hanson, plus the future of the BBC licence fee.

    They will also hear about Ivan Massow's bid to be a future mayor of London, and he talks gay politics with Peter Tatchell. And Conservative MP Robert Jenrick, will draw on his past work for Christies, as he looks at the finances and rare antiquities of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

    You can watch the programme live on the 'Live coverage' tab above.

    11:54: Chart: Net migration over the years
    Net migration over the years
    Hugh Pym Health editor

    tweets: Andy Burnham calls for more formal inquiry into role of Dept of Health,ministers,hospital chiefs in giving Savile power at Stoke Mandeville

    11:50: Labour response on Savile House of Commons Parliament
    Andy Burnham

    Shadow health Secretary Andy Burnham lends Labour's support to Jeremy Hunt's announcement. "It beggars belief that abuse on this scale known to many people was allowed to go on", he says. He adds that increasing accountability must now be the priority for "this government and the next, and the next".

    11:48: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament

    Jeremy Hunt says the government will now consult on making the reporting of sexual abuse of children and adults mandatory, with a view to implementing the change.

    11:47: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament

    Mr Hunt says he is not accepting the recommendation that all volunteers should have an increased criminal record check, as it would be wrong to substitute national database for "local common sense". He adds that this measure would not have stopped Jimmy Savile - a fact conceded by Kate Lampard.

    11:44: PM on migration figures

    Downing Street has reacted to the migration figures. A spokeswoman said the Prime Minister "is disappointed".

    "He had said previously that we have not made as much progress as he would like but he had also said that he doesn't regret making this commitment because he thinks it is in the interests of our country, that we will have a better, stronger country, if we have lower net migration."

    11:40: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament
    Jeremy Hunt

    There are further investigations going on in schools and hospitals, Mr Hunt says, and he encourages victims to come forward.

    He tells MPs that the report found that Jimmy Savile exploited his victims because of the specialist care were only be able to receive at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

    Nine complaints were made, including one formal complaint, but all were ignored because of Savile's celebrity status and the money he brought to the hospital, Mr Hunt says.

    11:38: Hunt statement on Savile abuse

    More from the health secretary's statement: "We have a collective responsibility to investigate all serious allegations properly in a way that simply didn't happen time after time."

    11:35: Breaking News

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has begun giving an oral statement in the Commons on the Savile abuse reports. "Never again must the power of money or celebrity blind us to ... clear signals" that minors were being abused, he says.

    11:34: House building plan

    Mr Cable says there is a "massive" issue of affordability, especially in London. He adds the housing crisis is "profoundly damaging", and that more needs to be done to help builders access finance. Councils should also be encouraged to build houses, and more public land should be freed up for development, he adds.

    11:30: House building plan unveiled
    A general view of roof workers building new houses

    Plans to tackle the housing crisis, including building more homes off-site to cut costs and increase productivity, have been unveiled by the government. Business Secretary Vince Cable says there is an urgent demand for new, affordable homes because only 150,000 houses were built last year, half the number needed.

    Immigration Terence Ward from Cheshire

    These numbers show that currently the UK government has no powers to police our borders. Something needs to change, either change EU laws to allow us to control our borders from poorer EU countries or we have to seriously think about our membership of the EU. I don't want to leave the EU if it is agreed it is better to stay but we are under an attack of immigrants who are flocking here for a better life, which is in turn changing life as we know it in a detrimental way.

    11:21: Rotherham commissioners announced

    Communities secretary Eric Pickles has just announced the commissioners he will be nominating to investigate the Rotherham child abuse scandal. He has nominated Sir Derek Myers to be the Lead Commissioner. Stella Manzie CBE will take the role of the managing director commissioner, and Malcolm Newsam will be nominated as children's social care commissioner. Mary Ney and Julie Kenny CBE will be nominated as supporting commissioners.

    11:12: Minister criticises rival parties BBC News Channel

    James Brokenshire also tells Norman Smith that "unfortunately" the Lib Dems and Labour are not committed in the same way to cutting migration numbers to sustainable levels as the Conservatives are "and", he adds, "UKIP certainly don't have any answers".

    11:12: 'Sustainable levels' of migration is target BBC News Channel
    James Brokenshire

    Asked by Norman Smith if the target of getting net migration below 100,000 will be a pledge again at this year's election James Brokenshire says the Conservatives' goal remains to get net migration figures down to long-term sustainable levels.

    11:04: Minister blames EU and Lib Dems BBC News Channel

    In an interview with Norman Smith to be shown shortly on the BBC News Channel, immigration minister James Brokenshire says the net migration stats - up to 298,000 in the new figures for the year to September 2014 - are disappointing. But he says the government has "said for some time that our target of reducing net migration... would not be met because of the pressures from the EU. We have also been constrained in government by Liberal Democrats who don't have that same aim and focus on reducing net migration down."

    10:58: What would Labour do? BBC News Channel

    Asked what Labour do, Yvette Cooper says there would be "much stronger" border controls to tackle illegal immigration with 1,000 more border staff paid for by visa charges, more investment in the skills and apprenticeships "we need in Britain" and tighter controls "on areas being abused by people overstaying".

    10:50: Unskilled workers BBC News Channel

    Yvette Cooper tells Norman Smith that skilled and talented people are needed but the migration figures reflect the fact not enough effort is being put into training British people via apprenticeships. The shadow home secretary also says there are recruitment agencies bringing in low paid unskilled workers, which needs to be tackled.

    10:42: Labour: Cameron policy 'in tatters' BBC News Channel
    Yvette Cooper

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has told Norman Smith in an interview to appear on the BBC News Channel shortly that the migration figures showed David Cameron's policy was "in tatters". She says immigration needs to be controlled in a way that is "fair" and criticises David Cameron and Theresa May for making "grand promises".



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