Momentum Candidate Glamour Photographer’s Sexy Snaps Masterclass

A top Corbynista standing for election as a regional chair of Momentum is a former glamour photographer who took thousands of sexy snaps and recommended models with “perfect body statistics“. An hour-long video shows Southend Labour spokesman Mike Fieldhouse posing-up sultry models clad in stockings, corsets and thigh-high leather boots. During his instructional film Glamour Photography Masterclass With Mike Fieldhouse, the Corbyn cheerleader has a blonde woman pose suggestively across a motorbike, describing the scene as “good stuff“. Later he advises: “If you want top models you have pay top prices. What you’re paying for is sheer professionalism and perfect body statistics.” Fieldhouse describes himself on his website as “your local Labour Party spokesman” and states:

“By 2015 I had all but given up hope of seeing a fair and just society in the UK during my lifetime. That was until Jeremy Corbyn’s brilliant leadership campaign reignited my enthusiasm and belief that a party with truly socialist policies.”

He also claims to work “part-time for a charity, providing counselling to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape“. No doubt this revelation will go down brilliantly with his feminist comrades…

All Male Shortlist For Momentum Elections

Over on the Momentum website members are voting to elect their new regional chairs. There are 17 candidates. All 17 are men. They are: Lee Jasper (yes, that Lee Jasper), Sam Smith-Warren, Adrie Van Der Meer, Jamie Green, Mark Dale, Gary Wareing, Mike Fieldhouse, Phil Pope, Ian Pope, Andy Ives, Davey Ivens, Geoff Littlefield, John Talbut, John Taylor, Al Gonzalez, Alex Scott-Samuel and Joshua Brandwood. Brocialism in action…

H/T Exposing Momentum

New Momentum Chief on Copeland Selection Panel

The latest from Momentum: Jon Lansman has resigned as director of Momentum Campaign Services Ltd. He is certainly under pressure, last night he lost a vote on his purge of Trotskyists in his own local Momentum branch. Notable that he also dissolved New Hope for Labour Ltd, his data company, before Christmas. Labour sources doubt Lansman is taking a step back given he has waited 30 years to get to this position. His opponents claim he is freeing himself up to run for election to the new Momentum steering group. As one puts it, “About as meaningful as when Putin swapped the president’s role with the prime minister so he could stay in power.”

Lansman’s replacement as director of Momentum Campaign Services Ltd is his ally Christine Shawcroft, a mad lefty who was suspended by Labour for backing Lutfur Rahman and famously said British soldiers should invite ISIS round for cups of tea. Shawcroft is one of the four members of Labour’s selection panel for the Copeland by-election. The new head of Momentum will have a major say in their by-election candidate…

Momentum Trots Rush to Secure Data Before Purge

Far-left Facebook forums are a highly entertaining read this morning following the news of Jon Lansman’s plan to purge Trotskyists from Momentum. Josie Runswick, a Jill Mountford ally in the anti-Lansman faction, has ordered those likely to be expelled to secure their data and mailing lists before they lose access:

Sacha Ismail from the Alliance of Workers Liberty, a Trotskyist group which had been plotting against Lansman, says the purge is: “Unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything quite like this in my time on the left”. Nick Wrack from Left Unity, another entryist group facing expulsion, says: “I am staggered. It has to rank as one of the most undemocratic manoeuvres in the history of the British left – and that is saying something”. Jackie Walker has taken time out from sharing Al-Jazeera’s Israel conspiracies to declare that Momentum is now “a leftie version of Progress that will drift to the right”. Top entertainment. Once again the Stalinists plunge an ice pick into the Trots…

H/T @exposingmomentum

Lansman’s Plan to Purge Trots From Momentum

At 9 pm last night Jon Lansman emailed Momentum members outlining details of a new constitution which would purge Trotskyists from the organisation. Momentum will apply to affiliate with the Labour Party and require its members to join Labour and cease their membership of any other political party. “Any member who does not join the Labour Party by 1 July 2017” will be kicked out of Momentum. 

The existing democratic structures of Momentum will be disbanded and control will be handed to its National Coordinating Group, which will now have the arbitrary power to ban individual groups. This means Lansman and his allies can purge the groups which had been plotting to wrest control from him, for example the Alliance of Workers Liberty, Workers Power, Left Unity and the Communist Party of Great Britain. It also means people who cannot join Labour because they have been expelled from the party will also have to quit Momentum. The likes of the infamous Trot troublemaker Jill Mountford will be out. 

This is naturally being condemned by the anti-Lansman faction in Momentum as anti-democratic, authoritarian and “Stalinist“. Lansman says the changes are justified by the results of a survey carried out with Corbyn’s backing, giving him the authority to implement the reforms. This is a brutal move by Lansman to squash his opponents, Labour moderates are looking on admiringly at his ability to fight the far left…

Momentum Spent Thousands to Gain 0.4% Votes

Momentum have spent thousands on Facebook advertising to recruit supporters to Unite to vote for Len McCluskey in the union’s forthcoming election. People in the know estimate well over £10,000 was spent…

The Guardian reports that just an

“extra 659 people joined as community members in December compared with the previous month, part or all of which may be the result of the campaign group asking its supporters to join Unite to vote to keep McCluskey, a key ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In total the union has 1.4 million members, though only about 15% voted in the last election of its general secretary in 2013. Were all the new members to vote, the turnout could be expected to increase by around 4%.”

Not fake news just poor mathematics, the increased vote would be a mere 0.4%.  A rounding error…

Owen Jones’ Trotskyist Journey

In August Owen Jones blasted Tom Watson for saying Momentum is ridden with Trots:

“The political significance of British Trotskyism is minimal… in the grand scheme of things, they are just irrelevant… There are too few Trotskyist activists to have any decisive impact on a party as big as Labour now is.”

Then in September Owen attacked Channel 4 for their exposé on Momentum Trots, saying the group have been:

“demonised by the media as a sinister rabble of Trotskyist infiltrators… Rather than being led by revolutionary disciples of Leon Trotsky, most of Momentum’s leaders aren’t really ideologues of any sort”

Today Owen says – wait for it – Momentum is ridden with Trotskyist entryists!

“Momentum is currently facing a takeover bid by Trotskyist sectarians. If they succeed, Momentum will be destroyed. The most prominent sectarian figures are embittered veterans of struggles from the 1970s and 80s, people who have only experienced defeat, and who won’t let an unexpected opportunity afforded by the seismic political developments of the last two years slip through their fingers. This is their last chance. They jump from organisation to organisation, and are adept at manipulating internal structures for their own advantage: sitting out long boring meetings, coordinating interventions, playing victim when it suits. They’re not interested in say, door-to-door campaigning, but rather in debating their obscure pet issues with long-winded interventions at meetings on a Thursday evening.”

So Owen was completely wrong all along, not that he’s going to admit that to readers of his Guardian column. Will he be apologising to Tom Watson and Channel 4?

Trotskyist Super-Faction Organising to Take Over Momentum

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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…

James Schneider Joining Corbyn’s Office

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Momentum spokesman James Schneider is joining Jeremy Corbyn’s office in a strategic communications role. Guido also understands Seumas Milne will not be leaving in the immediate future and that Schneider will be working under his fellow old Wykehamist in a mid-level role.[…] Read the rest

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Top Momentum Fixer’s Steven Woolfe Slur

Max Shanly, the top Momentum fixer who was made famous by Dispatches, said yesterday that he hoped Steven Woolfe didn’t recover from his injuries. Shanly wrote the above post on a private group of young Labour members, calling Woolfe a “fascist” and blasting others for sending him messages of goodwill.[…] Read the rest

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Momentum Bosses Accused of “Bowing to Israeli Pressure”

Senior figures at Momentum are being sent abuse from Corbyn supporters accusing them of “bowing to Israeli pressure” for sacking Jackie Walker as vice chair. Despite the group’s overall very lenient response to the Walker row, Momentum bosses Jon Lansman and James Schneider (who are both Jewish) are being sent messages like the one above accusing them of following “the agenda of the Israeli embassy”.[…] Read the rest

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Labour Anti-Semitism Cover-Up

Labour will keep their response to the Jackie Walker anti-Semitism row private following new procedures adopted after the Chakrabarti inquiry. The party is under pressure to expel Walker over her comments on the Holocaust, yet Labour say they will not update the public on any action taken against her, a new policy recommended by Baroness Chakrabarti.[…] Read the rest

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New Jackie Walker Facebook Posts: Holocaust “Not the Preserve of Jews”

New Facebook posts have emerged of Momentum boss Jackie Walker arguing that the Holocaust “is not the preserve of Jews”. She also suggested that Jews were proportionately not the main victim of the Nazis:

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And she suggested that Jews shouldn’t use the word Holocaust:

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Jackie Walker: “All Holocaust Denial is Acceptable”

Momentum boss Jackie Walker is facing suspension from Labour (again) for criticising Holocaust Memorial Day. So this typo in her tweet explaining her comments is unfortunate…[…] Read the rest

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Momentum Withdraw Israeli Journalist’s Press Accreditation

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An Israeli parliamentary correspondent saw his press pass revoked by Momentum just over an hour after it was approved. Jerry Lewis was granted accreditation to Momentum’s “The World Transformed” fringe event at the Labour Conference before they withdrew just 1 hour 22 minutes later when an email told him he had been approved by mistake.[…] Read the rest

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Momentum Mock Injured Soldiers

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Some charming anti-war merchandise on sale at the Momentum conference in Liverpool…

Pic via Seb Payne
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