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Union boss calls for new political party as TUC comes to Bournemouth
11:16am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
THE leader of one of Britain’s biggest trade unions will make a speech in Bournemouth calling for the creation of a new political party.
With the TUC Congress gathering in the resort on Sunday, RMT general secretary Bob Crow will call for a “new party of labour” to challenge the three main parties.
Speaking ahead of the congress, he accused Labour leader Ed Miliband of seeking “to hack away at the last remaining shreds of influence held by those who created the party that he leads, the trade unions”.
``RMT's message is simple. If others want to stick around and be insulted by those whose only interest is our money and not our ideas then that's a matter for them. For the rest, there is a whole world of opportunity outside the constraints of the Labour Party and RMT would urge them to embrace it and join us in this new political project.,” he said.
Mr Crow said that since being expelled from Labour a decade ago, the RMT had increased its political influence by backing candidates and parties demonstrating support for its policies.
``Clinging to the wreckage of a Labour party that didn't lift a finger to repeal the anti-union laws despite 13 years in power is a complete waste of time,” he added.
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