Some questions for the Collins review

Ray Collins’ interim report is at the stage for further contributions and comments from members to be sent in to onenationparty@labour.org.uk.

NEC member Ann Black poses some questions for the most far-reaching proposal to change trade union affiliation from opting out to opting in.

She asks:

“If 10% of individual levy-payers positively choose to opt into Labour at the current rate of £3 a year, the party would probably be unable to function without alternative funding. So key questions are:

– What proportion of levy-payers would join Labour at £3 a year?
– What proportion would join if the rate was higher than £3?
– If levy-payers acquired extra rights as associate members, how many full members would continue paying £45 a year?

There are issues of principle here, but my over-riding principle – taken from Clause I of the party rules, which requires the NEC to organise and maintain a political Labour party – is that any deaths should not include the death of the party itself”