Regaining Momentum

ON 10 JANUARY Jon Lansman and a majority of the Steering Committee launched a coup. This subcommittee of the NC at an email “meeting” voted to overrule the December 5 decision of the sovereign National Committee to convene a conference of delegates from the local branches. For good measure it abolished the NC itself by […]

Workers Power  ·  29 January 2017

Inside Momentum: their politics and ours

MOMENTUM’S DECEMBER National Committee voted to hold a delegate-based conference in February 2017, and to launch campaigns in defence of migrants’ rights and against the expulsions and suspensions of Jeremy Corbyn supporters in the Labour Party. The Steering Committee and office staff remain unchanged. With the dark clouds of Brexit looming, and the transformation of […]

KD Tait  ·  12 December 2016

Momentum National Committee provides a framework for common debate and action

By Rebecca A, Yorkshire and Humber delegate (personal capacity) Last weekend’s meeting of the National Committee, the first since April, agreed a series of proposals that provide a framework for growing and strengthening the organisation through a process of democratic debate and campaigning. The run up to the meeting had seen a certain amount of […]

Workers Power  ·  06 December 2016

Concerns raised over Momentum’s recent NC elections

By KD Tait The decision to conduct a series of elections to Momentum’s National Committee through an online One Member One Vote (OMOV) process has proved controversial. The elections came as a surprise to most members. It seems that the Steering Committee agreed to conduct them, although there are no minutes. Members were also concerned […]

Workers Power  ·  02 December 2016

Momentum’s December NC is a chance to start putting things right

The December National Committee has to make decisions that will shape how the organisation develops over the next period. The central debates are over how Momentum’s conference should be organised and proposals about our democratic structures. This will be the first time the NC has met for seven months, and unfortunately it takes place in […]

Workers Power  ·  02 December 2016

Who runs Momentum?

By KD Tait This Saturday, Momentum’s long-delayed National Committee will meet for the first time in seven months to discuss arrangements for Momentum’s first national conference, democratic processes, motions from regional committees, and various organisational matters. Momentum’s first year was dominated by the successful campaign to preserve Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party. In […]

Workers Power  ·  02 December 2016

Motion from London Region to Momentum National Committee

The London Regional Committee met on Saturday 19th November. It passed the following motion 27-1 with 2 abstentions. “The London Momentum Regional Committee agrees to send the following motion to the National Committee: The National Committee agrees that: Local groups are the basic unit of Momentum. All members of Momentum should be encouraged to join […]

Workers Power  ·  19 November 2016

Momentum must be a democratic organisation, not a talking shop

PREPARATIONS FOR Momentum’s national conference hit a snag after the Steering Committee cancelled the National Committee for the seventh month running and asserted that the conference would take place through an online ballot of all members, rather than with delegates. Following protests from branches and regional committees, the Steering Committee has agreed to convene the […]

KD Tait  ·  07 November 2016

Defend democracy in Momentum – convene the National Committee

By KD Tait FOUR of Momentum’s regional committees have passed motions censuring the National Steering Committee for its decision to postpone the overdue November National Committee and unilaterally refuse to have a democratic delegate conference, replacing it instead with a pseudo-democratic digital system where people can participate without engaging in debates or common activity. These […]

Workers Power  ·  02 November 2016

Momentum’s next steps

WITH OVER half a million members in every community and trade union in the country, Labour has the potential to become a focus for organising the defence of public services – and setting out a comprehensive alternative based on redistribution of wealth and democratic control of the economy. But the party’s current structures are clearly unfit […]

KD Tait  ·  20 September 2016

Momentum youth and students to meet in Manchester

By KD Tait On 5 June, Momentum Youth and Students will hold its founding conference in Manchester. The conference is open to all members of Momentum under 30, or in education. This is the first national meeting of a section of Momentum and is a chance to ensure that young Labour members take advantage of […]

Workers Power  ·  25 May 2016

Momentum NC puts foot on brake

By Rebecca Anderson  The interim leadership of the campaign formed to support Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party has decided to delay holding its founding conference until February 2017. Although there are plans to hold regional policy conferences, the delay means that there is no way for tens of thousands of Corbyn’s supporters to organise […]

Workers Power  ·  25 May 2016

“Labour antisemitism crisis”: stop the right wing sabotage

Statement Anti-Zionism is not antisemitism This campaign is actually directed against Corbyn and the party’s new left majority Fight all forms of racism Counter-offensive against the right starts now A cynical campaign is in full swing to destabilise the Labour leadership on the verge of the London Mayoral, local and regional elections, and in particular […]

Workers Power  ·  29 April 2016

Labour leadership – no time for concessions

Instead of accommodating the right, we should organise the left It makes a change to have a Labour leadership that attacks the Tories rather than concedes to them. Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have succeeded in knocking the Tories off their perch several times recently. Their counterattack against the Budget resulted in George Osborne’s humiliating […]

Workers Power  ·  17 April 2016

The anti-cuts movement and the united front

By Jeremy Dewar TORY CHANCELLOR George Osborne has told the BBC that, “storm clouds are clearly gathering in the world economy and that has a consequence for lots of countries including Britain”. At the same time, the Office of National Statistics revealed that the UK economy is 1 per cent smaller than previously calculated: a […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  06 March 2016

What are the prospects for Scottish Labour?

By Sandy McBurney ALL commentators are agreed that the governing party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), is going to win the 2016 Scottish parliamentary elections. They are on 50 per cent plus in the opinion polls. Their membership stands at 115,000, which is the equivalent of over a million members on a British scale. This […]

Workers Power  ·  06 March 2016

Focus Can Help Momentum Succeed

By KD Tait SINCE Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide election as leader of the Labour Party, the grassroots network Momentum has formed 90 local groups to coordinate the activities of Labour Party members and supporters who want to champion the policies Jeremy was elected on and spearhead resistance to the Tories. Local groups have rallied a cross-section […]

Workers Power  ·  01 February 2016

South London campaigners step up housing fight

Saturday saw more than one thousand council tenants and activists march against the Housing Bill and the demolition of the Aylesbury estate in Southwark. We took our protest to Downing Street, as the Bill is debated in the House of Lords. Gathering outside the Imperial War Museum in Kennington, the rally heard speeches from local […]

Workers Power  ·  01 February 2016

Letter from Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Jon Trickett to Labour council leaders

Key extracts from the 17 December letter from Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Jon Trickett to Labour council leaders To the Leaders of Labour Councils Dear Colleague, We are writing to you as Leader of the Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Chancellor. Today the government has announced the […]

Workers Power  ·  26 January 2016

How can Labour activists defend local services?

A local government worker responds to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s recent letter setting out their policy in relation to Labour councils implementing Tory austerity OVER the coming month, councils across the UK will be setting budgets for the coming year. They will include savage cuts, with the most vulnerable (women, children, the elderly and […]

Workers Power  ·  26 January 2016

United we stand?

The commitment of our union leaders to the new politics is under scrutiny WITH the election of Jeremy Corbyn we finally have a Labour Leader who is not afraid to identify his party with the trade unions, to defend striking workers on television and in the press and to promise the repeal of the anti-union […]

Workers Power  ·  26 January 2016

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