Boost for Starmer as Unite reportedly backs Labour leadership rules change – live

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Labour party conference delegates will debate leader’s plans on Sunday afternoon

5.03pm BST

Tim Farron, the former Lib Dem leader, says that, although he thinks Angela Rayner is impressive, progressive parties will not win elections if people think they are sanctimonious.

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@AngelaRayner is authentic and impressive…But the ‘scum’ thing sums up a bigger problem. ‘Progressive’ parties will never win power so long as we give the impression that we rather disapprove of the electorate. You can be passionate yet display empathy instead of sanctimony.

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4.58pm BST

Ian Drummond, a delegate from Edinburgh Eastern, says these changes will bake in everything happening in the party that he opposes. He says he does not believe that anyone is looking at the party and saying, if only it became more democratic, they would be more likely to vote for it.

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