Group claiming to ‘renew’ Momentum set up and run by ‘fixers’ heavily involved in swinging north-west selections and extremely close to founder Jon Lansman, according to Labour sources
Many within Momentum’s structures have been promoting ‘Momentum Renewal’ (MR), which claims that its aim is the ‘fundamental reform’ of the organisation in the wake of the decision of Momentum founder Jon Lansman not to stand in the elections to the group’s National Coordinating Group (NCG).
However, the SKWAWKBOX was told just before the launch of MR earlier this month that the group was being set up by a group of Lansman’s supporters in response to the perceived threat of a slate of candidates being proposed by Forward Momentum, a group of left-wing activists not aligned with Lansman or the existing power-brokers – and that Lansman’s agreement to ‘stand down’ was offered in return for ‘Renewal’s continued support for his re-election to Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
MR’s website includes a page about ‘who we are and how we make decisions’ that lists nine members of its ‘Strategy Panel’, that it says has:
a remit to reach out to people across the Labour Left to try and reach the greatest possible degree of unity and consensus before deciding on candidates or policies
However, according to Labour and Momentum insiders there are several names missing from the ‘who we are’ list – a group of names that coincides exactly with a set of ‘fixers’ very close to Jon Lansman who were accused by much of the north-west left of stacking an array of selections in the region in favour of their preferred candidates and blocking often highly-regarded local candidates.
Momentum has often been accused of sham or absent democracy in its decisions and selections, for instance in the decision to present members with a ‘yes/no’ choice on only one candidate for each of the leader/deputy contests, as well as in its choice of NCG candidates and the prospective parliamentary applicants it has supported.
If reports of involvement of the so-called ‘fixers’ are correct, then ‘Momentum Renewal’ seems set to simply pick up where the old Momentum left off – especially as that involvement is so far undeclared.
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