Labour magazine Tribune reportedly facing closure

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As Britain’s trade union leaders gather in Brighton to ratchet up the pressure on Gordon Brown at the TUC Conference, the Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary reports that the Labour movement magazine Tribune is facing closure due to a lack of funding.

The long-standing publication that counts Aneurin Bevan and George Orwell as its former editors is under threat of either closure or merger with largest shareholder Unite to form an in-house magazine.

Its editors will be hoping that recent increases in circulation will be enough to persuade the five main union shareholders to keep the publication open.

Former editor and now United Nations correspondent for al-Jazeera Mark Seddon was impressed with the news. According to the Standard he said: “Labour seems to be losing its head at the moment. If it loses Tribune it will have lost its heart.”

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