Unions accused of foul play in Labour campaign

CHARLIE Whelan, the outgoing political director of the Unite union, yesterday claimed he delivered a victory for Ed Miliband by pressuring six Labour MPs to change their vote.

The former Gordon Brown spin doctor said he convinced the MPs, who rely on trade union funding, to put Ed Miliband as their second preference. Under Labour’s electoral college, an MP’s vote is worth about 600 ordinary party member votes.

The claim will come as an embarassment to Ed Miliband, who won the election by sweeping up the votes of trade union members. His brother David was more popular with both MPs and members.