Momentum’s broad left slate

Momentum is currently conducting its internal elections. Fortunately there are a number of sensible broad left candidates, who if elected, will move the organisation forwards, away from intra-left squabbling, and focus on working to strengthen the left generally under JC’s leadership, and securing a Labour victory at the general election.

These are the candidates I recommend

London and South East

Puru Miah

Pascale Mitchell

David Braniff-Herbert

Christine Shawcroft

Wales, South West, West Midlands, East Midlands, Eastern division

Cecile Wright

Martin Menear

Sam Poulson

Liz Hames

Northern Division (Northeast, North west, Scotland, Yorkshire and Humber)

Gemma Thornton

Nav Mishra

Elizabeth Hayden

John Taylor

24 comments on “Momentum’s broad left slate

  1. Jimmy Haddow on said:

    LOL —- MOMENTUM is finished as a left organisation to change the Labour Party; all it will become is an organisation to develop the political careers of young, and middle aged, parliamentary wannabees for after the 2020 election. While it is still possible that that the third Blairite coup which is just started may trigger another wave of people to get active especially trade unionists, without Corbyn, McDonnell and so on, actually starting to move leftwards again he will be finished and the “Great British Coup” will have taken place in real life rather than just on the pages of a book.

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  2. Jellytot on said:

    Jimmy Haddow,

    So Momentum are finished ? Unlike the Socialist Party (or Militant or the RSL or whatever you call yourselves) ??

    I’ll tell you what. Come back and lecture us when you are bigger than the SWP. Shouldn’t the fact that you’re not larger than that shower (even after Delta) tell you something?

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  3. Andy Newman on said:

    Jimmy Haddow: Corbyn, McDonnell and so on, actually starting to move leftwards

    There is the issue. I believe that Momentum is needed to bolster the strength of the current leadership and help win an election.

    You believe the current leadership are not left wing enough, and Momentum needs to cause more problems for the leadership

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  4. John Grimshaw on said:

    Andy Newman,

    I would’ve joined Momentum some while ago if I could’ve joined the LP in 2015, however I was prevented from doing so by Ian MacNicholls et al. I thought it not worth joining Momentum as it was connected to the LP. Now, with the rule changes, you can only be a member of Momentum if you are in the LP. So we go round in circles. On the other hand you recommend Shawcroft who is clearly an AWL member (?) and this being an organisation you have heavily criticised in the past. I’m confused.

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  5. Jimmy Haddow,

    If Momentum allows itself to become a parallel quasi-party with an alternative policy programme, a battleground with struggles between different tendencies and an alternative political leadership it will cease to be a force for change in the Labour Party.

    The Labour Party already has a well developed machinery for policy formulation and internal elections. These are imperfect and while its democratic character would be enhanced if the original conception of the party –that affiliated organisations could choose their representatives without bans and proscriptions – the reality is that MPs and councillors and many party functionaries are representative of the era when neoliberal ideas and class collaboration were the guiding principles of the party establishment.

    In as far as the election of Jeremy Corbyn represents a repudiation of this state of affairs our main task should be to strengthen the position of his leadership and, when possible, replace off-message MPs, councillors and functionaries with new people.

    This is best served by a ruthless focus on raising the political activity of the party among working people not by the kind of endless internal manoeuvring that is the natural milieu of the parasitic sectlets that have migrated, mostly from positions that wrote off the Labour party as a site for working class advance.

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  6. Nick Wright: This is best served by a ruthless focus on raising the political activity of the party among working people not by the kind of endless internal manoeuvring that is the natural milieu of the parasitic sectlets that have migrated, mostly from positions that wrote off the Labour party as a site for working class advance.

    YES!

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  7. Jimmy Haddow on said:

    I will say again MOMENTUM is now finished as a vehicle for the Left radical change of the Labour Party to take on the Tories with anti-austerity policies which are why the thousands of people joined the Labour Party for and to support Jeremey Corbyn. One or two individuals support the Jon Lansman coup on here – SU – but I can tell you up to this moment 42 MOMENTUM branches have opposed it and only 7 MOMENTUM branches have supported it. The reality on the ground is the active base does not want it! Why? Because the Lansman coup and constitution pacifies the MOMENTUM membership and does not extends democracy for the MOMENTUM activists. The people who are arguing for the coup on here are cut from the same cloth as Lansman and co, and do not want democratic radical discussion in MOMENTUM amongst the activist base as a means to change the Labour Party – like mandatory reselection and along anti-austerity and pro-socialist lines or take on the Blairite MPs and Councillors. In the end the thousands who have joined Labour and MOMENTUM are going to become disillusioned and drop out of activity/politics and it will be the Left tinged leaders of MOMENTUM that are left who will seek an accommodation with the Blairites and look to their own careers as Councillors and MPs and even MSPs. But why should I care, as Evan P asked once, I am not a member of MOMENTUM or the Labour Party? But I am just an observer who hates the dictatorship of the individual – Jon Lansman- and the misleading of radical activists. MOMENTUM has failed but, as I said above, if there is a third wave of people joining the Labour party then Corbyn supporters could still be mobilised to fight the Blairites and change the Labour Party root and branch.

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  8. Evan P on said:

    #7 What Nick said!!! 🙂

    The main reason I have heard negativity expressed towards Momentum by newly joined LP members I know is precisely that they are not interested in yet more meetings in order to argue about procedural minutiae of Momentum but want help to make the local Labour Party structures more user friendly and more importantly to go out and fight and campaign for progressive policies.

    I am all in favour of the right of organised groups of socialists (and communists for that matter) to join the Labour Party but if they do so against the rules then they shouldn’t be surprised if the rules are enforced.

    And that right is not a priority at the moment and again don’t be surprised if Labour Party members get irritated by people who want to make it one and particularly if they want to impose it onto their agenda.

    As a CPB member I am more than happy to have a supportive and collaborative relationship with Labour Party members from the outside.

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  9. Jimmy Haddow on said:

    [ADMIN NOTE: you’re getting one warning and only one warning Jimmy. You’ve gone back to copy/pasting wholesale from Socialist Party articles and pretending that it’s just a post you’ve written. We aren’t going to let you go back to that – future examples will be deleted without notice]

    The point is the political and social complexion of the Labour Party changed dramatically when Corbyn supporters joined before and after Jeremy Corbyn won in 2015. From a moribund political organisation the Labour Party almost overnight became two parties in one organisation; on the one side was the stale capitalist Blairites and on the other the vibrant Corbynistas. This two party scenario still remains up to today; there has been a civil war raging for the past 18months with no side able to win at the moment. On POST 7 Nick Wright makes sweeping remarks without any evidence. Certainly the position of the SOCIALIST PARTY has not been what he infers too; the Socialist Party has been open in its political approach to the Labour Party and Momentum in at every step of the way over the past 18 months. The Socialist Party has argued from the beginning, what is needed is an open, democratic and Federated fighting organisation – with no hidden agendas – that brings together all who want to fight to transform Labour into an anti-austerity party; whether or not they are currently allowed into the Labour Party by the right-wing machine. Such a force should fight clearly for the transformation of the Labour Party; including the democratisation of its structures – mandatory reselection, restoring trade union rights, readmitting expelled and excluded socialists and allowing socialist organisations to affiliate. The Socialist Party even had 75 of its members – with over 1000 years of experience in the past – to apply to re-join the Labour Party so that we could politically help the new Corbynistas change the Labour Party into a fighting anti-austerity and pro-socialist party. I and the Socialist Party Scotland and the Socialist Party (England and Wales) campaigned for Corbyn’s victory throughout both of his leadership election campaigns. We call for maximum unity across the workers’ movement to provide a politically and organisationally firm, mass base for Corbyn that can enable the movement around him to democratically defeat the Blairites and successfully pursue the programme that its hundreds of thousands of supporters want to see implemented. I can tell you the MOMENTUM members in Edinburgh did not campaign on the streets of the Lothians as I did for Corbyn rather they preferred to be on ‘phonebanks’ or on the internet being clickvists rather than gauging the temper of the working class on the street and winning converts to Labour and Corbyn. The Socialist Party have nothing to hide in its approach to the Labour Party and the thousands who have joined the Labour Party who have joined because of Corbyn; we have no interest in hiding our meetings and activities – we welcome new participants to our discussions – and we believe that the Labour Party can only gain by allowing different groups to argue for their ideas and then sink or swim depending on the support they attract.

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  10. Evan P on said:

    Jimmy Haddow: I can tell you the MOMENTUM members in Edinburgh did not campaign on the streets of the Lothians as I did for Corbyn

    What materials did you use and what were you asking people to do? And whereabouts in “the Lothians” did you cover? It’s a fair number of square miles.

    Jimmy Haddow: …rather they preferred to be on ‘phonebanks’ or on the internet being clickvists

    (a) How do you know? Edinburgh’s a relatively small place but not that small, (b) what were they doing in the phonebanks or on the internet?

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  11. Jimmy Haddow: I can tell you the MOMENTUM members in Edinburgh did not campaign on the streets of the Lothians as I did for Corbyn rather they preferred to be on ‘phonebanks’ or on the internet being clickvists rather than gauging the temper of the working class on the street and winning converts to Labour and Corbyn.

    Wait, wait, wait. In an internal Labour election you think the best thing to do is “campaign on the streets”? I assume by that, you mean either flyering in town centres, etc. or knocking on doors? So most people you’re encouraging to vote Corbyn couldn’t actually vote for Corbyn, as the majority of them won’t be in the Labour Party. You actually say with pride that this is better than targeted phone calls to people that are known Labour members and supporters, i.e. can actually vote in the election?

    With political acumen and organisational prowess like this on display, I’m shocked that the masses reject your quality Bolshevik leadership.

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  12. John Grimshaw on said:

    Andy Newman: Christine Shawcroft is not an AWL member

    My mistake. It is Jill Mountford. Although Jackie Walker was temporarily suspended from the LP for defending Lutfur Rahman I think?

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  13. Jellytot: There’s someone who should just keep their mouth buttoned. Whenever she opens her mouth with a microphone or cellphone present something bad happens.

    We should start a petition making that request.

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  14. Jellytot,

    I’d personally put her into a different bracket to Livingstone as I think some of the stuff she said was actually crossing the line into anti-semitism, while I don’t recall Livingstone actually doing that.

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  15. Jellytot on said:

    Tim N,

    Agree but he didn’t do himself any favours with the Hitler was a pro-zionist stuff (even if, with the Madagascar plan, there was a certain amount ofsubstance to it). You just come across as a bit odd and Jew obessed.

    Politicians who want to be taken seriously should just avoid that stuff. You’re on a hiding to nothing.

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  16. Jellytot: Agree but he didn’t do himself any favours with the Hitler was a pro-zionist stuff (even if, with the Madagascar plan, there was a certain amount ofsubstance to it). You just come across as a bit odd and Jew obessed.

    Politicians who want to be taken seriously should just avoid that stuff. You’re on a hiding to nothing.

    There’s ways to put these thigs sure, and you have to be particularly mindful as the right wing are itching to take what you say about Israel and Zionism out of context, even if it’s absolutely correct. Still, there’s a difference between pointing out the mutual benefits Zionism and anti-semitism share, which is legitimate, even if it’s done in an insensitive and clumsy way; and Jackie Walker’s comments.

    The reason I really dislike what Jackie Walker said about the Holocaust is that it seemed calculated for a degree of deniability, while Livingston’s comments, in contrast, just seem like gaffs.

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