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Party officials give evidence to Committee

4 February 2016

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The Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding Committee takes evidence from the General Secretary of the Labour Party and the Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats as well as Professor Justin Fisher of Brunel University.

Witnesses

Thursday 4 February in Committee Room 3A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • Iain McNicol, General Secretary, Labour Party

At 11.00am

  • Lord German, Treasurer, Liberal Democrats

At 11.30am

  • Professor Justin Fisher, Brunel University

Background

The Committee is conducting a short inquiry into clauses 10 and 11 of the Trade Union Bill which make changes to the way trade unions can collect contributions to their political funds and also introduces new requirements to publish details of political expenditure.

Questions the Committee will put to the witnesses include:

  • How much of the Labour Party's funding comes from trade unions? What impact would a move to an opt-in system have on trade union political funds and Labour Party funds?
  • How far do clauses 10 and 11 relate to recommendations in the 2011 Committee on Standards in Public Life report?
  • How do the proposals in the Bill relate to the recommendations in the Collins Review for changes to the way trade union collective affiliation fees are paid?
  • What impact would the passing of the Bill as proposed have on the prospect of comprehensive reform of political party funding?

Further information

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