Momentum hails victory for “21st Century socialism” as group secures landslide victory in elections
Momentum has secured a landslide victory in elections to the National Executive Committee, with the group’s founder hailing the result as a victory for “21st century socialism”.
Jon Lansman, the founder of Momentum, was among three new members elected in the vote, with Yasmine Dar and Rachel Garnham joining Lansman. Comedian Eddie Izzard lost out.
As Labour’s supreme decision-making committee, the NEC plays a key role in the overall direction of the party as well as helping set the rules for leadership contests.
As well as Mr Corbyn and his deputy Tom Watson, there are six other MPs elected by their colleagues to the NEC – John Trickett, Kate Osamor, Rebecca Long-Bailey, George Howarth, Margaret Beckett and Shabana Mahmood.
Others on the body include 15 trade union representatives, two councillors, two members of socialist societies and representatives of Scottish Labour, Welsh Labour, MSPs in the European Parliament and Young Labour.
Congratulations to @Yasmine_Dar, @LabourRachel and @jonlansman on their election to the #LabourNEC – and to all who voted, campaigned, and made this happen. This result is down to you! ✊ pic.twitter.com/RdopQ51IUl
— Momentum (@PeoplesMomentum) January 15, 2018
Speaking on the BBC 5 live’s Pienaar’s Politics Lansman said the result brings the “dream of a members-led Labour Party” a step closer.
“I think, I hope, that’s what we’ll have,” he said. “Members will have nine out of a 39-member executive, still under a quarter, but much better representation, a reward for the 600,000 members who achieved such a fantastic turnaround in the general election.”