Momentum was set up in 2015 in order to support the agenda of Jeremy Corbyn. It is the continuation of Jeremy’s leadership campaigns which resulted in him being elected Labour Leader in September 2015 and re-elected in September 2016.
Unfortunately Momentum is now diverging from its original purpose; on some issues it fails to support the Labour leadership and on others it even opposes the leadership.
Jeremy Corbyn’s agenda
Jeremy is putting forward a truly radical transformative agenda for a Labour government that will make people better off. He is proposing that there should be a government with clear policies to: end austerity; raise living standards; oppose racism and all other forms of bigotry and discrimination; pursue a progressive foreign policy; tackle climate change; and prevent a Trump Deal Brexit.
It is Jeremy’s agenda that informed the 2017 Labour manifesto, securing 3.5 million more Labour votes than in 2015 and increasing Labour’s vote share by 9.6%. It is the agenda that propelled Jeremy into the Labour leadership and saw him re-elected. It is his agenda that has fundamentally strengthened the left.
Currently Jeremy is leading the opposition to Johnson’s proposed Trump Deal Brexit, and has inflicted a series of Parliamentary defeats on the Johnson government.
The establishment is throwing everything it can at Jeremy’s leadership and his policies in order to prevent the election of a Labour government. Momentum should be at the forefront of opposing all these attacks, but unfortunately increasingly often it is not.
The changes needed to Momentum’s orientation
Momentum needs to return to its original role as a supportive defender of the political agenda that Jeremy Corbyn is advancing for government. It is after all just what the left has been waiting for over many years and would help build electoral support for a Labour government. That will require the election of a Momentum NCG that will correct Momentum’s current failures.
To return Momentum to its original purpose candidates should be elected to the NCG who are fully committed to delivering on the following points:
- Momentum will publicly campaign for the Labour Party’s policies in national elections.
- Momentum will campaign within the Labour Party for the policies of the leadership.
- Momentum will defend the leadership against false allegations.
- Momentum will promote unity amongst the leadership’s supporters in internal elections.
- Momentum will develop an internal democracy to give its members and local groups a say.