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Public get say in Labour party reform

MEMBERS of the public will be given a formal role in the choice of Labour's policies, candidates and future leaders under far-reaching reforms to be unveiled today.

Ed Miliband right will offer ordinary people the chance to become “registered supporters” free of charge without paying Labour's £41-a-year subscription fee. He will also invite pressure groups such as “green” bodies and non-governmental organisations to become “registered bodies”.

The aim of the ‘Refounding Labour’ project is to combat the decline in membership, which has afflicted all political parties, and to transform Labour into an outward-looking party for the internet age.

Labour's open-minded approach to internal reform will be stressed in a document to be published today by Peter Hain, the former Northern Ireland Secretary, who is in charge of the wide-ranging review.

“If people do not join parties in the way they used to, we have to find new ways to reach them,” one senior Labour source said.

It was unclear last night if the invitation extends to residents of Northern Ireland.

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