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The word socialism should be humanely phased out

Kim Howells, Sunday

Tony Blair's allies believe he is considering holding a ballot of all members to secure a mandate for divorcing the party from the unions.

Thoughts later traced to Stephen Byers, Labour employment spokesman, last Wednesday.

There was and is no secret plan to 'dump' unions. But today business people as well as employees are joining us. There is a process of evolution that is not about disowning our past but about refusing to live in it.

Tony Blair, yesterday