Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/924/23901

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 November 2016

Momentum left meeting excludes socialists

Momentum - a new kind of politics? Photo Paul Mattsson

Momentum - a new kind of politics? Photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

A Birmingham Socialist Party member

Momentum national committee (NC) members and reps from local groups met in Birmingham on 5 November to "discuss recent events and, most importantly, consider ways to overcome the resulting differences and move forward together". This followed the cancellation of an NC meeting, itself due on 5 November, by the steering committee.

The recent events referred to include not only the cancellation but also the convening of a meeting of the steering committee with less than 24-hours' notice resulting in leading activists like Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack not attending.

As reported in the Socialist ('Corbyn movement must seize the initiative or face defeat'), Matt correctly came out in criticism of the leadership of Momentum and their proposals for a conference organised by an online voting process. In a speech on the question, Matt expressed concern that alternative proposals for a delegate-based conference were ruled out at the urgent meeting.

Faced with outrage from Momentum groups in London and elsewhere, it seems that the steering committee had partially retreated from its position by 4 November. However, while a physical conference will now take place, it is still not clear that it will have any decision making powers.

A report of the Birmingham meeting by Nick Wrack described the meeting as "encouraging and positive". Nick also explained that the meeting discussed how best to build Momentum as a democratic organisation, set up new local groups, get support from HQ and how to improve communication, among others. Nick concludes by reporting that these ideas will be presented to the next NC on 3 December.

Socialists should welcome any initiative aiming to strengthen the movement to transform Labour into an anti-austerity party. Unfortunately, no mention was made in the notice given for the Birmingham meeting of the democratic deficit in Labour and no mention of the crucial question of reselection.

Nor does it bode well for the future of Momentum that I was excluded from this meeting for being a Socialist Party member. I am a member of Momentum and have been trying to bring people together in my area in a Momentum group, yet I was told by Nick Wrack - himself undemocratically excluded from the Labour Party - that I cannot be a member of Momentum and a member of the Socialist Party. When I argued against this I was told it would be put to a vote of the meeting. It was voted down without me even being able to put my case.

For Momentum to become truly democratic it needs to open up, end these arbitrary un-fraternal acts, welcome all those who oppose austerity into Momentum, and support expelled and other socialists being admitted to the Labour Party and maximise the massive potential that exists to build a party for the 99%.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 9 November 2016:


High Court Brexit bombshell

Bosses' government, bosses' EU...fight for socialism

High Court bombshell on Brexit decision


Socialist Party news and analysis

Stop the 54,000 yearly maternity sackings

Build housing for the kids without homes this Xmas

Unions must act on pay restraint!

Court slams Tory air quality plans

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Build the education fightback

Read the Socialist

Over a thousand march to fight museums and libraries cuts

Library cuts: working class kids suffer most

Momentum left meeting excludes socialists

New Socialist Party pamphlet: Fight racism, fight for socialism

Far-right given short shrift in Darlington

Obituary: Hilary Mooney 1945-2016


Socialist Party workplace news

Action needed to defend workers at the sharp end of prisons crisis

Courts and tribunal services face huge cuts

Newcastle council cuts: opportunity for trade union fightback

Birmingham's Labour council freezes workers' pay

Hackney Picturehouse strike


International socialist news and analysis

Turkey: Erdogan tightens repressive screw

Ireland: Gardai strike threat

South Africa: State victimises #OutsourcingMustFall activists


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Horror of health-wrecking toil for Polish migrants

HyperNormalisation: Arbitrary selection of ideas to confirm feelings of powerlessness

Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 November 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Momentum:

triangleAnti-austerity opposition needed to seize on Tories' weakness

triangleHow to help the struggle to change the Labour Party

triangleThe role of the RMT in changing Labour

triangleThe left unions and the Labour Party affiliation debate

triangleThe Socialist inbox

Labour:

triangleLeft comic's take on politics will have you in tears

triangleSouthampton: Corbynista success but cuts continue

triangleWhat does the left victory in Scottish Labour mean?

triangleUsdaw general secretary coronation

Birmingham:

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: NHS in Meltdown - What can be done?

triangleBirmingham Central Socialist Party: How can socialists support upcoming strikes?

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: NHS in meltdown - What can be done?

Socialist Party:

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Solidarity meeting - hear from Manchester strikers

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: Perspectives for struggle around the world

Austerity:

triangleNHS cuts kill!

Labour Party:

triangleCorbyn must challenge pro-gentrification council leader or others will

Matt Wrack:

triangleUnions call for action after Grenfell

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

22/11/17

Disability

Disability cuts outrage: my story

22/11/17

Southampton

Southampton: Corbynista success but cuts continue

22/11/17

Nottingham

Nottingham 'Reclaim the Night' march highlights cuts to women's centres

22/11/17

Socialist Students

Socialism 2017 Socialist Students meet-up

22/11/17

Student

Lively student demonstration for free education could have been much bigger

22/11/17

Leeds

Leeds college workers protest poor pay rises

22/11/17

Usdaw

Usdaw general secretary coronation

22/11/17

Scotland

Scotland: BiFab workers' occupation and march secures jobs and pay guarantee

16/11/17

Sheffield

Sheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

16/11/17

Virgin

Virgin train workers vote for strike action over pay

15/11/17

Students

March for free education! We demand a future!

15/11/17

Plymouth

Plymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

15/11/17

Virgin

Virgin train workers ballot for strike action

15/11/17

Carlisle

Carlisle socialists campaign against Universal Credit

15/11/17

Haringey

Corbyn must challenge pro-gentrification council leader or others will

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
photo: GMB

triangle22 Nov After the budget: step up the fight against austerity!

triangle21 Nov Zimbabwe: Mugabe gone - but his regime remains in power

triangle15 Nov March for free education! We demand a future!

triangle15 Nov Tories on the brink - kick them out!

Socialism 2017

triangle14 Nov Socialism 2017: Organising to fight back

triangle13 Nov Strike wave continues with 49 walkout days by housing workers

triangle10 Nov US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

More ...

triangle22 Nov Caerphilly Socialist Party: Women and Revolution

triangle22 Nov Cardiff West Socialist Party: How do Marxists analyse the world?

triangle22 Nov Salford Socialist Party: 70 years since the partition of the Indian subcontinent

triangle22 Nov Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Organising for socialist change

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2