Pro-Corbyn group Momentum to launch next general election campaign

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28th June 2017

Pro-Jeremy Corbyn group Momentum are set to launch their next general election campaign just weeks after polling day.

Momentum activists have said an election could come at "any time"
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The organisation said campaigning is to resume as a result of the “likelihood of another snap vote”, after neither the Tories nor Labour were able to command a majority of MPs.

The far-left group, who are not officially linked to Labour, said their campaigning before the 8 June vote “significantly contributed” to the party doing better than expected in the election.

“Momentum mobilised tens of thousands of people to knock on millions of doors across the country and significantly contributed to Labour’s electoral comeback,” the group said.

The movement, which claims to have been inspired by the campaign behind socialist US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, outlined plans to build on the result.

Alongside boosting their membership numbers, tactics include targeting “newly marginal constituencies outside of election time", with an “extensive training programme” and "new technological platforms”.

The organisation also plans to bring in volunteer filmmakers to create more viral video content, after the party was widely believed to have dominated social media during the campaign.

Emma Rees, Momentum National Organiser, said an election could come “at any moment”.

“Momentum is an organisation with ambition. During the last election we operated on a limited budget, punched well above our weight and helped swing key seats for Labour.

“With Theresa May leading an unstable, minority Conservative government propped up by the anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, climate change denying DUP, another election could come at any moment.

“This is why we’re launching our campaign now. We must stay on the front foot, and prepare for a possible snap election.

“The Conservatives will learn from their disastrous campaign, and won’t make the same mistakes twice.

“In response, Momentum will ramp up its operation and help build a network of first time canvassers and door knockers the likes of which Britain has never seen before.”