‘Momentum Renewal’ has launched its ‘grassroots’ slate for the elections to Momentum’s National Coordinating Group (NCG). It contains twelve politicians, two former Momentum staff, two people who work for MPs, four current NCG members and one former member.
Momentum Renewal is organised by a cadre of ‘fixers‘ linked to the stacking of a number of parliamentary selections in the north-west of England and beyond, though their names do not appear in the group’s ‘strategy panel’. Insiders told the SKWAWKBOX before it was launched that it was a ‘front’ for Momentum founder Jon Lansman and that he had agreed not to stand for re-election to the NCG in return for ‘Renewal’s support for his continued candidacy for Labour’s National Executive Committee.
Now other insiders have confirmed to the SKWAWKBOX that these reports were correct. One, who asked not to be named, said:
Your reporting on Momentum Renewal has been correct. It’s basically a Lansman front, with that whole clique involved and the ‘renewal’ slate is full of people close to him, including many who hold or held positions under him.
‘Momentum Renewal’ was set up in apparent reaction to the emergence of ‘Forward Momentum’, a group not aligned with Momentum’s existing structures that has put forward its own slate of left candidates.
Jon Lansman has previously told the SKWAWKBOX not to contact him, which means that under the IMPRESS code he could not be contacted for comment about the allegations of his involvement and deal.
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