Socialist Worker

Don't lose Momentum

Issue No. 2529

Corbyn supporters celebrate his re-election victory at a Momentum event in Liverpool

Corbyn supporters celebrate his re-election victory at a Momentum event in Liverpoo (Pic: Neil Terry)


Labour can fight—to defend migrants and the NHS, for affordable housing and a £10 an hour living wage.

It can fight for everything that inspired hundreds of thousands of people to re-elect Jeremy Corbyn.

The key is to involve those people in big campaigns that can win. There’s certainly potential.

Mass rallies during last summer’s leadership contest were the backbone of a campaign that led Corbyn to a thumping victory.

It would be a crime if that potential was thrown away.Unfortunately Corbyn supporting group Momentum looks as if it might do just that.

Many of Momentum’s leading figures prefer to focus on battles inside the Labour Party.

They think mobilising their membership for election campaigns is like turning a tap on and off.

Without any activity that can involve most of Momentum’s members, a dispute between a small number of activists threatened to split the organisation.

Last Saturday a meeting of just over 30 leading activists spent five hours discussing how to fight over Momentum’s internal structures.

They hope that battling inside Momentum will help them to wage similar battles inside Labour.

This will not inspire the people who signed up to support Corbyn looking for a different kind of politics.

Outward looking campaigns that fight for change in society can.


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