National Momentum – or rather the officer subset of Momentum’s ‘NCG’ (National Coordinating Group) – made the widely-condemned decision yesterday to withdraw support from left-slate member Peter Willsman in the vital National Executive Committee elections, over antisemitism claims that do not stand up to scrutiny.
The decision sparked a major online backlash, with large numbers announcing they had ended their membership.
But others are staying within the organisation yet still making clear that the NCG has not spoken for them.
Momentum West Wales issued the following statement this morning:
The committee of Momentum West Wales are concerned that Momentum National Officers have withdrawn their support for Pete Willsman for the NEC elections.
As a grassroots organisation, we would urge our members to continue to support Pete as no substantive or proven allegations have been made against him.
Furthermore, any examination of the transcript of the recorded conversation show no reason for objection.
We are disappointed in this failure to stand up for and stand with a comrade of many years’ service- and we urge supporters not to divide the Left support in the middle of the election process.
Wirral Momentum has also come out firmly in favour of the whole #JC9 slate – including Willsman and Momentum founder Jon Lansman:
Brighton and Hove tweeted:
— Brighton & Hove Momentum (@MomentumBH) August 1, 2018
Momentum Waltham Forest Coordinating Group reconfirm support for the #JC9. If you want an NEC committed to a member-led Party delivering the Democracy Review then please vote for ALL NINE members of the agreed slate! pic.twitter.com/Xv9snvFfIU
— MOMENTUM WF (@MomentumWF) August 2, 2018
From these statements and the huge online backlash, it seems clear Momentum’s NCG officers – a tiny subset of Momentum’s membership and not even the whole NCG – have failed their members on this occasion. They need to be big enough to put it right.
If you know of other local Momentum groups coming out in support of Peter Willsman, put links in the comments.
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