Statement

Rebecca Long-Bailey for Leader – Richard Burgon for Deputy

Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon are respectively the best candidates for Leader and Deputy to ensure that Labour has the progressive agenda necessary for the next general election. They are both committed to mounting a serious opposition against the Tories’ offensive that Boris Johnson is waging against the majority of the population. They will both fight to defend living standards and for a Labour government that will make people better off.

Rebecca Long-Bailey

Rebecca has set out here how she will ‘stand shoulder to shoulder… in every campaign against Tory cuts, with every minority community and all migrants against Johnson’s hateful agenda, and with trade unions in every struggle to protect workers’ rights.’

She opposes any ‘return to Tory-lite policies that held our party back before Jeremy’ and making any ‘compromise on our anti-racist and internationalist principles’.

She is the only candidate for Leader who did all four of the following:

  • voted against the 2015 Tory Welfare Bill;
  • nominated Jeremy for Leader in 2015;
  • endorsed Jeremy for Leader in 2016; and
  • abstained (rather than vote against) the SNP’s 2016 motion to hold Tony Blair to account for misleading the House over the Iraq war.

Rebecca has been central to developing Labour’s Green New Deal policy – tackling climate change being vital for humanity.

To be kept informed by Rebecca’s campaign visit here.

Richard Burgon

Richard has set out here how he ‘fully back[s] the policies of the previous two manifestos’, and believes that ‘the policies of peace, equality and socialism are more necessary than ever’.

He supports a fully democratic system for members to choose Labour candidates.

He is the only candidate for Deputy Leader who did all four of the following[i]:

  • voted against the 2015 Tory Welfare Bill;
  • nominated Jeremy for Leader in 2015;
  • endorsed Jeremy for Leader in 2016; and
  • abstained (rather than vote against) the SNP’s 2016 motion to hold Tony Blair to account for misleading the House over the Iraq war.

If elected Deputy Leader his focus would be on campaigning, ‘improving the party’s grassroots campaigning’ and on ‘building a Labour Party rooted in every community’.

CLP Nomination Meetings

CLP and affiliate nominations in these two elections are very important.

Candidates who fail to obtain nomination from 5% of CLPs or from 5% of affiliated organisations will not be eligible for inclusion in the final ballot.

CLPs will be holding their meetings to make nominations between 15 January and 15 February.

The guidelines for nomination meetings, which must be followed, can be downloaded from here.

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[i] Rosena Allin-Khan was not elected till 2016, so could not participate in some of these decisions. She nominated Owen Smith in the 2016 leadership contest.

Momentum 4 Corbyn statement

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.

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