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Momentum builds for Jeremy Corbyn

Issue No. 2475

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have launched a new initiative to galvanise the enthusiasm generated during his leadership campaign.

Called Momentum, it says it wants to build a “mass movement for real progressive change”. 

It commits to organise “supporters amongst the Labour Party membership as well as the wider social movement which is springing up.”

Corbyn has been under constant attack from the Labour establishment and the right. 

This is a welcome sign that he wants to build a broader base to take up the fight. And one that is prepared to move outside of the machinery of Labour. 

Some of his most trenchant opposition comes from the Labour benches in parliament—including his cabinet. 

But his largest support comes from grass roots campaigners and newly politicised young people who want an alternative to austerity and racism. 

The new group’s stated aim is to pull people into Labour—at the moment it is not a membership organisation and is calling for supporters.  

This is a chance for activists in and out of Labour to cooperate in activity. It increases the space for debate about how to fight back.

Corbyn’s campaign promised a different sort of politics. 

Momentum’s call to mobilise those people to be active in their localities with others on the left can help that political mood. And it can feed into strengthening working class organisation. 

Socialists in and outside Labour should support it.

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