Trotskyist Super-Faction Organising to Take Over Momentum

momentum2

Guido can reveal the existence of a secret email group used by veteran Trotskyists organising to take over Momentum. An alliance of Trotskyist factions used a private mailing list named “Momentum Informal Contacts” to discuss how to vote at Momentum’s conference last week. Emails leaked to Guido show Sacha Ismail from the Alliance of Workers Liberty, Rebecca Anderson from Workers’ Power, Delia Mattis from the the Independent Socialist Network and Tina Becker from Left Unity and the Communist Party of Great Britain have formed a huge Momentum super-faction. In the emails, the various factional leaders refer to themselves as “we” and celebrate the “fantastic gains” they have made.  It is an unholy alliance of senior Trots.

What is their motive? A senior former AWL source tells Guido that the Trots are seeking to take over or split Momentum. They confirm allegations made by shadow cabinet aide Laura Murray yesterday that the Trotskyist faction is battling Momentum chief Jon Lansman and younger members of Momentum for control. The AWL want Momentum to organise in constituencies, setting up their own branches and parallel structures to the Labour Party, essentially forming a rival party. This is opposed by other more moderate Momentum members. The AWL see themselves as “democratising” Momentum and claim the Lansman wing are “Stalinists”. 

How significant is this Trotskyist threat to Momentum? Sources in the group say very. The AWL-led alliance is highly experienced and organised, many of them are Oxbridge-educated, the group runs public speaking training sessions for its members. They have money too – Guido is told some AWL members pay a subscription fee of £120 per month. The anti-Trot Momentum members are by contrast disorganised, inexperienced (other than Lansman) and, as one Labour organiser source puts it, “don’t have a clue”. Evidence of a Trotskyist super-faction will terrify those currently in charge of MomentumWho’d have predicted Momentum would be torn apart by splitters…



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

A friend of David Cameron responds to his request for a lunchtime game of tennis:

“Sorry, can’t make it; I have a job.”

Sponsors

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

Watch: Brillo’s Message to Terrorists Watch: Brillo’s Message to Terrorists
Channel 4 and Guardian Sanctimony Backfires Channel 4 and Guardian Sanctimony Backfires
We’ve Named the Wrong Man: Channel 4 News in Shocking Blunder We’ve Named the Wrong Man: Channel 4 News in Shocking Blunder
PICTURED: Minister Tobias Ellwood Gives CPR PICTURED: Minister Tobias Ellwood Gives CPR
Westminster Attack – How it Happened Westminster Attack – How it Happened
Gallery Guido’s PMQs Sketch Gallery Guido’s PMQs Sketch
HS2 Gravy Train Rides Again HS2 Gravy Train Rides Again
Three of Five Gorton Candidates Back Iranian Government Three of Five Gorton Candidates Back Iranian Government
Get The Look: May in Vogue Get The Look: May in Vogue
Exclusive: Jon Lansman was at Unite HQ Just Two Weeks Ago Exclusive: Jon Lansman was at Unite HQ Just Two Weeks Ago
Leaked UKIP Memo: Candidates Must Leave Social Media Leaked UKIP Memo: Candidates Must Leave Social Media
Guido Investigation: Trojan Horse at the Heart of Birmingham Labour Party Guido Investigation: Trojan Horse at the Heart of Birmingham Labour Party
“St Patrick was an Immigrant” “St Patrick was an Immigrant”
Watch: McLoughlin vs McCaffrey Watch: McLoughlin vs McCaffrey
Watch: May Launches Plan for Britain Watch: May Launches Plan for Britain
Bus-ted: Tories Fined £70000, Treasurer Faces Charges, Thanet Re-Run Bus-ted: Tories Fined £70000, Treasurer Faces Charges, Thanet Re-Run
FLASHBACK: Labour Election Fraud FLASHBACK: Labour Election Fraud
FLASHBACK: LibDem Election Fraud FLASHBACK: LibDem Election Fraud
Watch: Minister Hit with NICs U-Turn on Live TV Watch: Minister Hit with NICs U-Turn on Live TV
Read: Hammond U-Turns on NI Read: Hammond U-Turns on NI