The team behind Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour Party leader are building a grassroots network to create “a mass movement for real progressive change” from the energy and enthusiasm generated by his campaign.
Described as “the successor entity to the Jeremy Corbyn for Leadership campaign”, Momentum is independent of the party leadership and wants to “work with everyone who supports Jeremy’s aim of creating a more fair, equal and democratic society”.
It aims to:
- organise in every town, city and village to create a mass movement for real progressive change
- make Labour a more democratic party, with the policies and collective will to implement them in government
- bring together individuals and groups in our communities and workplaces to campaign and organise on the issues that matter to us.
“Something wonderful happened this summer,” Momentum’s founders wrote in an email signed by five Labour MPs, Richard Burgon, Katy Clark, Clive Lewis, Becky Long-Bailey and Kate Osamor. “After years of being told that there is no alternative to austerity, hundreds of thousands of people stood up for a new kind of politics and agreed with Jeremy Corbyn that austerity is a political choice not a necessity.
“A quarter of a million people made Jeremy Corbyn Labour’s Leader. And now Labour’s conference has given its resounding backing to Jeremy and his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, to turn Labour into an anti-austerity party of hope and bold alternatives.
“We have begun to change the Labour Party but we still have to show how we can change the country. Throughout the campaign, Jeremy spoke about building a social movement to work for a more democratic, equal and decent society. Now is the time to make this a reality.”
Momentum hopes to do that by organising a “mass mobilisation for a more democratic, equal and decent society”; encouraging people to get involved with the Labour Party and ensuring Labour members’ voices are heard; and supporting other “organisations that can make concrete improvements to people’s lives”.
“Through these actions, we aim to demonstrate on a micro level how collective action and Labour values can transform our society for the better,” they write.
Momentum is calling for immediate help in spreading the word via email and social media.
See also: ‘Is JC Labour’s New Messiah?’, by Jonathan Timbers, and
‘The ILP’s Statement of the Labour Leadership Election’.