“We are satisfied that the decommissioning represents the totality of the Party’s arsenal,” said Ed Milliband, who since 2010 has led efforts to disarm the outlawed Trade Unions.
The material discarded included money, influence, power and dodgy deals he told a news conference.
All the money was rendered “permanently inaccessible or permanently unusable,” said Milliband, who first began working on the process 3 years ago.
The Party permitted two independent witnesses — an ex Eton Schoolboy and a Sheffield MP close to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg — to view the secret work as it was being carried out.
Harriet Harman, whose uncompromising feminist views represents most women today, has dismissed the coming Party moves as inadequate. Harman wants photographs, a detailed record, a Harman-approved female politician to serve as an independent witness, and tea with cakes afterwards.
Len McCluskey, leader of the unions, has denied inappropriate influence, but is expected to accept the inevitable during his regular weekly visit to Labour Party headquarters shortly.
Party members had been commanded to “stop taking kick-backs”, but wasn’t explicit about whether that meant every one. This left wiggle room to retain small amounts for asking questions in parliament, intimidation and self-promotion.