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Making our voice heard in the Labour Party

Labour Party Leadership Elections 2015

New voting arrangements are in place for these elections as follows:

Labour Party members
If you are a member of the Labour Party you will get a vote directly.

If you pay into UNISON's LabourLink (affiliated fund) and are not a Labour Party member you can only vote if you register
If you pay into UNISON's LabourLink (affiliated fund) but you are not actually a Labour Party member you can get a vote but you have to register (free) at http://support.labour.org.uk

The Affiliated Political Fund, often known as UNISON Labour Link, works for UNISON through affiliation to the Labour Party at national and local levels. It is financed only by voluntary contributions from members who choose to pay the levy. UNISON has two political funds, the APF affiliated to the Labour Party and the General Political Fund for non-party political campaigning.

We supported the election of Labour MSPs, particularly those whom we nominated, and Labour councillors. Then we worked to have the Labour administration of the Council and the Scottish Parliament adopt policies which benefit UNISON members.

UNISON achieves a lot of influence in this way. However, it would also be true to say that in some crucial areas the policies being pursued are opposed by UNISON - for example, the use of the Private Finance Initiative, under funding of public services and the dangers of 'externalisation' through Best Value. So we have taken our arguments on these topics into the local constituency committees of the Labour Party, with some success, to its Policy Forums, and to councillors, MPs and MSPs.

We also contributed to the national policies of the APF, for instance on Welfare Reform.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the APF activities, for instance through standing for the APF Committee or being a delegate to Labour Party meetings, should contact the LabourLinnk Officer at the Branch Office.


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