According to insiders, people involved in the ‘Momentum Renewal’ campaign – which insiders say is a front for the Momentum establishment supportive of founder Jon Lansman and run by north-west ‘fixers’ close to him – are using a former ‘official’ Momentum Facebook page to promote their slate for the elections to Momentum’s National Coordinating Group (NCG), in which voting opened yesterday. The news raises questions around the potential use of Momentum resources to promote one faction in an internal election.
The Facebook page, which has more than 7,000 likes, claimed in 2018 that it was not an official page – however, the same statement admits that the page was previously used by the organisation’s youth wing to promote Lansman’s Momentum slate for the 2016 Young Labour elections under the name ‘Momentum Youth and Students’, with an audience built with Momentum’s brand. It was subsequently renamed ‘Momentum for the Many’.
More directly, the page was being promoted by Momentum founder Lansman himself – as an invitation sent by Lansman in the days when he was still talking to the SKWAWKBOX shows:
The page was also used in 2018 as the main Facebook page to promote another official Momentum slate and is now promoting the ‘Renewal’ slate:
The youth wing was shut down in early 2018 after being embroiled in scandal and personal attacks, and bringing Momentum into disrepute. An inquiry was promised by the NCG but never delivered.
‘Renewal’ has been pitched as a grassroots initiative, but it was created in response to the perceived threat of the independent ‘Forward Momentum’ slate and is made up largely of politicians and staff of MPs; it is organised by ‘fixers’ close to Lansman who have been accused of stacking parliamentary selections in the north-west of England and beyond, although their involvement was not publicised or mentioned in the slate’s ‘Strategy Panel‘.
Voting in the NCG elections is now open. The ‘Renewal’ slate is opposed by the ‘Forward Momentum’ slate, which represents an opportunity for a divergence from ‘business as usual’.
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