Unite union chief rounds on Miliband
The head of Britain's biggest union tore into Ed Miliband last night, warning that the Labour leader was taking the party to disaster – and risking his own survival – by alienating its most loyal supporters.
Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, attacked the announcement by the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls that Labour would support the cap on public-sector pay and could not promise to reverse Coalition spending cuts. Writing in The Guardian, he said Mr Balls' "sudden weekend embrace of austerity" was "a victory for discredited Blairism at the expense of the party's core supporters". He added: "It also challenges the whole course Ed Miliband has set for the party, and perhaps his leadership itself."
Mr McCluskey protested that, with Labour backing the Coalition on the issue, there was now a consensus among the "political élite" that disenfranchised opponents of austerity measures.
His comments will send a chill through the Labour high command as Unite is the party's single largest donor and provided crucial backing to Mr Miliband's leadership campaign.
Amid criticism of his performance and dismay over lacklustre opinion poll ratings, Mr Miliband reassured 150 of the his MPs and peers that he had "the stomach for the fight".
But he warned there were more "tough choices" to be made over spending after Mr Balls' decision. Every shadow Cabinet member would be looking at their own portfolios to establish where savings could be made, he told the Parliamentary Labour Party.
- 1 iOS 8 apps and features: eight iPhone settings you need to look at after you install the update
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
Khorasan: Muhsin al-Fadhli - the man leading a terror group more feared by US officials than Isis
'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Alicia Keys leaks nude photo 'to create a kinder and more peaceful world'
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
£300 - £350 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Pharmaceutical Computer ...
£70 - £90 per day: Randstad Education Birmingham: Higher Level Teaching Assist...
£50 - £80 per day: Randstad Education Birmingham: Randstad Education is the UK...
£400 - £450 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is currently ...