Letter: Unions and Labour

Sir: Your report from the TUC conference quotes a senior Downing Street source saying that the unions were living in "cloud cuckoo land" if they thought that they would have won the national minimum wage and new employment rights if there had been no party-union link ("Blair urges unions: `Be champions for change' ",14 September).

What is the difference between new employment legislation introduced following funding of Labour by the unions, and the abandonment of tobacco advertising legislation following the funding of Labour by a tobacco baron? Should not the Government now return to the unions all the donations it has received from them over the last few years?