Union blast at 'fair weather' donor
The leader of Britain's biggest trade union has warned Labour it won't win the general election on the back of one-off donations from "fair-weather supporters".
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, hit back at reports that a businessman wanted the party to be less reliant on money from the unions.
Assem Allam, chairman of Hull City Football Club, has donated money to Labour this year, and has reportedly promised more.
Mr McCluskey said: " Assem Allam seems to want to replace Unite, but support for Labour is about values far more than money. Will Allam pay the £1.5 million annual affiliation fee that underpins the day-to-day running of the party? Will he match the £3 million donated by Unite members to the Labour party's election campaign? Will he put in the hours to pound the streets, deliver the leaflets and man the polling booths as our members will?
"A Labour party victory will not be won on the back of one-off donations from fair-weather supporters.
"It comes as no surprise to me that Assem Allam is trying to use his money to weaken the historic link between the union movement and the Labour party. As any fan of Hull City will tell you, Allam is no stranger to changing the very identity of a century old institution for the sake of furthering his own fortunes and personal vanity.
"The labour movement is built on its values, not money. If Allam truly wishes to support Labour, he should lead by example and adopt our values by paying his staff at Hull City a living wage."