Top news today: EU referendum, Labour Party funding, civil service
Author: Zoe Stavri
Published on Oct 02, 2012
In the news today, Labour appears to be considering an EU referendum, research by Unlock Democracy reveals a lack of transparency among trade unions funding Labour and a threat from Francis Maude to the civil service.
LABOUR TOYS WITH BACKING EU REFERENDUM- Rumblings from within the Labour Party suggest it is considering offering a referendum on whether Britain stays in the EU. Is this motivated by political point-scoring?
UNIONS FAIL TO INFORM MEMBERS THEY CAN OPT OUT OF LABOUR FUNDING- Research by Unlock Democracy reveals 14 out of 15 trade unions affiliated with Labour are not upfront about the relationship with Labour.
Read the full report by our deputy director Alexandra Runswick here: http://action.unlockdemocracy.org.uk/page/-/publications/TradeUnionAffiliationFeesArticle.doc.pdf
MANDARINS FACE THE SACK IF THEY FAIL TO TOE THE LINE- Permanent secretaries who block implementation will face the sack, says Francis Maude. Is the role of the civil service to deliver policy, or do they also have a role in shaping policy?