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

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”