Jon Lansman says he won't quit Momentum over 'Trotskyist takeover'

Posted On: 
9th December 2016

Momentum founder Jon Lansman has insisted he will not quit the organisation amid claims it is the subject of a Trotskyist takeover attempt.

Momentum founder Jon Lansman is a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn
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He spoke out as the left-wing group faces its biggest crisis since it was set up in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Labour leader.

It was claimed earlier this week that the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL) wants to seize control of Momentum from Mr Lansman, who is a close ally of Mr Corbyn.

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That followed an angry meeting of the organisation's national committee last weekend, at which attempts to give all of its members a say in its voting structures were defeated by the hard left.

In a statement to The Guardian, Mr Lansman said: "Of course I’m not walking away from Momentum, but I do take the disenfranchisement of most of our 21,000 members very seriously.

“I don’t want to control Momentum. I want a pluralist organisation that supports Jeremy Corbyn, democratises the Labour party and helps us win the next general election."

But Jill Mountford, who is on the organisation’s steering committee and is an opponent of Mr Lansman, said: "The only person who has said there is going to be a split was Jon Lansman. He said: ‘Well I warn you now. If this goes through there will be a split in Momentum.’ That was news to all of us.

"I have time and respect for Jon but he has not behaved well. I think he has been trying to carve Momentum up so he can control it."