Labour leader Ed Miliband will today propose a raft of measures designed to reform the way the party selects its election candidates. He will also lay out far-reaching changes to the party’s relationship with the UK’s trades union movement.
Chief among the proposals will be the suggestion that members of trade unions currently affiliated to Labour should no longer be automatically affiliated to the party but they should choose, as individuals, whether they wish to do so.
Miliband will also announce that American-style open primaries will be used to pick Labour’s candidate for London Mayor in 2016.
Violence erupted again in Egypt yesterday as the military shot dead at least 51 supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi. The Muslim Brotherhood has condemned the incident, the single bloodiest in over a year, as a “massacre”. The military have insisted that they were fighting back against a group of gunmen attacking a barracks in Cairo.
Interim president Adly Mansour has set a timetable for fresh parliamentary elections to be held next February. Under the plans presidential elections will need to be called within a week of the new parliament convening.
A leaked report suggests that Osama Bin Laden was able to live undetected in Pakistan for nine years due to the government’s incompetence and negligence. The document, leaked to al-Jazeera, written by the Abbottabad Commission–set up by Pakistan’s parliament to investigate the circumstances surrounding Bin Laden’s assassination by US navy seals–describes the US operation as a “criminal act of murder”. It also reveals details of the al-Qaeda leader’s whereabouts since 2001.
Back home, the UK has pledged £10m in aid to Lebanon in order to help the country cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees. The aid, designed to help those fleeing the bloody civil war in neighbouring Syria will be spent on improving basic services and creating jobs.