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Labour will be hosting elections for their new National Executive Committee and members of the “far-left” faction, Momentum, are looking to have a “united slate” of left-wing committee members. Forward Momentum has managed to, as of last week, get two of their candidates elected as Momentum’s National Co-ordinating Group (NCG) co-chairs. The two successful candidates were Firefighter Andrew Scattergood and Climate activist Gaya Sriskanthan.
Since COVID-19 hit the UK back in March, a great deal of political campaigning and lobbying has taken place via Zoom.
Momentum activists and TUC members have been present during some of these organised meetings and amongst them have Conservative activists leaking information.
One of these activists used to be a member of the Labour Party and was active in Momentum WhatsApp group chats.
It is worth mentioning the individual in question is also responsible for being the source behind numerous leaked videos that have featured here in the Express online.
For the purpose of continuing to extract information from the ‘far-left’ organisation, they wish to remain anonymous whilst speaking to the Express.co.uk.
He said: “Forward Momentum has clearly won a very significant victory taking overall control of Momentum’s NCG. If they can now do the same with the NEC, they will then be in a position to exert significant control over Labour’s policymaking.”
The source emphasises that once in control, not even the party leadership will be able to influence their decisions.
Sir Keir Starmer has already displayed his hostility towards the “far-left” faction of the party, however as the source notes he has also extended an olive branch to individuals like Rebecca Long-Bailey by appointing her Shadow Education Secretary.
But at the same time ended up punishing them for bad behaviour.
Labour’s left-wing members have been enraged by the actions of Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer over the last few weeks.
Individuals such as Len McCluskey, have been unimpressed with how he dealt with the Rebecca Long-Bailey anti-semitism row.
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With Len calling on the Labour leader to respect the left-wing voices in his party as he is going to be “relying on them if he wants to win the next election.”
Not only was Mrs Long-Bailey caught up in an anti-semitism row but she also was seen on a Zoom call a few weeks ago urging trade unions to “politically educate” their workers.
Present on this call was Lord Oliver Henley, however despite the former Education Secretary making this comment, according to our source, Lord Henley did not call the behaviour out.
Leaving many to think he was somewhat content with the remark.
Patrick Timms is a Conservative political commentator and CIO of right-wing pressure group Turning Point UK.
He has been writing analysing Momentum’s movements for the last year.
He notes how left-wing groups such as this tend to operate in a manner where “they try to gain as much popular support as they can by organising on mass conference calls and then by using simplistic messaging their aim is to create us and them culture”.
He added: “with them usually fixating themselves on defeating an enemy (Conservative Party) where they feel as though once they’ve been dismantled a new and much better future lies ahead for all of us.”
The Labour Party and Momentum have been approached to give a comment.
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