Momentum’s anger at Keir Starmer’s purge of Labour left as they call on Corbynistas to unite to stop party being ‘taken over’ by centrists’
- The organisation has called on left-wing factions within the Labour party to unite
- Momentum backed Rebecca Long-Bailey in the election, who lost in a landslide
- New leader has spent his first week culling his shadow cabinet of the hard-left
- Tony Blair’s former flatmate Lord Falconer has returned to Labour’s top team
The radical group that propped up Jeremy Corbyn last night called on Left-wing factions to unite to stop Labour being ‘taken over once more by centrists’.
Momentum, rattled by the landslide victory of the moderate candidate Keir Starmer as Labour leader, warned its wing of the party was ‘disastrously split’ and needed to come together urgently.
As well as seeing the Left’s leadership candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey comprehensively beaten by Sir Keir, Momentum also lost the battle for three seats on Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee.
The election of Sir Keir Starmer, pictured, as the new leader of the Labour Party has rattled Momentum, the left-wing faction within the Labour Party
The new leader has spent the past week purging his shadow cabinet of the hard Left.
Sir Keir has sacked senior Corbynite lieutenants such as failed deputy leadership candidate Richard Burgon and former party chairman Ian Lavery.
At the same time, moderates such as Tony Blair’s former flatmate Lord Falconer have returned to Labour’s top team.
In a statement, Momentum called for ‘unity, reflection and comradely debate on the way forward’ among Labour’s Left-wing factions.
The group said: ‘In the wake of Keir Starmer’s first-round victory … it is clear that Momentum and the Left cannot continue as it has been.
‘Unlike previous years, Momentum-endorsed candidates won neither the OMOV [One Member One Vote] vote for leader nor for the NEC, where the Left vote was disastrously split and cost us our majority.’
Momentum supported candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey, who lost to Kier Starmer in a landslide, and have called for the left wing groups within the party to unite
It added: ‘Our movement is in great peril of making the same mistakes we did after our defeat in the 1980s.
‘We risk retreating from the challenge of making our ideas mainstream, fighting between ourselves and allowing our party to be taken over once more by centrists.’
Last night there were signs of further splits when a new faction called Forward Momentum demanded changes in the way the hard-Left group is run.