It’s been a little over three months since Momentum launched. We exist because something wonderful happened last summer. Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party gives us a remarkable opportunity to mobilise and organise for a more democratic, equal and just society.
We always knew things would be tough at times. Despite the hostility, both Labour under Jeremy, and Momentum, have achieved so much in a short time. Read more about Momentum here – Momentum has defied the odds and will continue to grow.
To achieve our aims and transform society for the better, we will continue 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
We aspire to live in a participatory, inclusive, and democratic society, so we must build an organisation that is those things. Over the next month, we will build towards the first meeting of our National Committee on Saturday 6 February with gatherings of delegates from verified local Momentum groups in all nine English regions, Scotland and Wales.
Momentum staff members will be in touch in the coming week, to organise the regional meetings with group organisers, trade unions and other relevant stakeholders. These regional (national in the case of Wales and Scotland) meetings will elect delegates to the National Committee. In the instances of Scotland and Wales, staff members will be a point of contact as you organise your meetings and selection process independently. Each region or nation will elect two delegates, at least one of whom must be a woman. The North West and the South East will have three delegates due to their size, at least two of whom must be women. London will have four delegates, at least two of whom must be women. All delegates will be Labour Party members.
As well as elect their delegates, these regional gatherings may debate all issues on the forthcoming agenda and present their own comments, proposals or amendments. These papers will be presented to all members of the Committee.
The 26 delegates elected by the local groups at a regional/national level will be joined at the National Committee’s first meeting by additional representatives from under-represented groups in society (BAME, disability, LGBT, women). We will do everything we can so that Momentum’s National Committee represents everyone in our movement.
In addition to the groups and equalities representatives, the National Committee will have two representatives from each affiliating trade union to constitute an important alliance between trade unions and grass-roots activists in the party and 12 representatives from existing Labour movement organisations.
The National Committee will perform the following functions:
- Engage with supporters to listen to what groups need to be able to organise effectively at a local level.
- In consultation with local groups and supporters, ensure we have a democratic, representative, inclusive and pluralist structure that facilitates local, regional and national coordination.
- Ensure that Momentum can hold free and fair elections for positions on the National Committee.
- Agree a membership and affiliation structure and encourage trade union participation at local and regional as well as national level.
- Secure a viable pathway for Momentum to become a financially sustainable organisation.
- Ensure all the necessary organisational processes and procedures are in place.
We hope this process will solidify Momentum and stand us in good stead to be the transformative, participatory, democratic, and effective organisation that we need to be. The next few months will be particularly important, as we help to ensure that Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership gets the results it deserves in May.
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Momentum is our movement; let’s build it together.
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