Momentum evolved out of Jeremy Corbyn’s 2015 Labour leadership bid to build on the energy and enthusiasm generated by the campaign.
Momentum has over 150 local groups, 23,000 members and 200,000 supporters, united by their shared vision for a fair and equal society.
Momentum supports the Labour party, and works to increase participation and engagement in the party to enable it to win elections and enter Government.
- Momentum believes in an open, democratic Labour party, powered by its members.
What does Momentum want to do?
Organise with communities across the country to put forward Labour’s ambitious plan for Britain and secure a Labour Government that:
Redistributes wealth and power from the few to the many;
Puts people and planet before profit and narrow corporate interests;
Builds a society free from all types of discrimination;
Invests to create high-quality jobs and infrastructure;
Reverses the privatisation of railways, the energy sector and public services;
Provides protection at work and strong collective bargaining to end workplace injustices;
- Provides decent homes for all in both the public and private sector.
Transform Labour into a more open, member-led party capable of winning elections.
Bring together individuals and groups in our workplaces and communities to campaign and organise on the issues that matter to us.
How will Momentum do this?
● Encourage those inspired by Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign to join and get involved in the Labour Party.
● Assist members in making their voice heard in Labour Party debates.
● Provide support, training and mentoring to help and encourage potential Labour candidates, ensuring there are more suitable candidates with a wide range of life experiences, especially working class, black, Asian, ethnic minority, LGBT, disabled and women candidates.
● Facilitate and coordinate the building and support of organisations that can make concrete improvements to people's lives, thereby demonstrating how collective action and Labour values can transform our society for the better.
● Organise inclusive events, rallies, meet ups and policy consultations for political education and mass mobilisation for a more democratic, equal and decent society.
What is the relationship between Momentum and the Labour Party?
Momentum is the successor of the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader campaign and is independent, and supportive of, the Labour Party and Labour leadership.
Members of Momentum must be members of the Labour Party by July 2017 and Momentum is seeking to become an official affiliate of the Labour Party
What has Momentum achieved?
In a year, Momentum’s members and groups have:
Formed the backbone of the Jeremy for Labour 2016 Campaign
Run a national campaign, Democracy SOS, to encourage voter registration after Tory changes that could force nearly 2 million off the electoral register.
Successfully campaigned to get a team of six grassroots activists, who support the democratic direction the party is taking, elected to be Labour members’ voices on the National Executive Committee.
Held debates and discussions across the country on local and national issues.
Hosted ‘The World Transformed’ as part of the Labour Party conference fringe - a four-day event of music, arts, politics and culture at the Black-E, a community arts centre in Liverpool bringing together thousands of Labour party members and local residents with grassroots campaign groups such as Black Lives Matter, Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, to discuss their vision for the future.
Mobilised Labour Party members and supporters to campaign for Labour candidates in council elections, Mayoral elections and by-elections.
Following a consultation of members, mobilised thousands to campaign for Remain during the EU referendum, launching ‘Your Referendum’ to provide local groups with resources to facilitate campaigning across the country.
Launched ‘Momentum Kids’, a national initiative to provide childcare for those with caring responsibilities who want to be politically active.
- Launched ‘Momentum NHS’, a national campaign to stand up for the NHS against further Tory cuts and privatisation.
- Producing some of the most shared videos of the 2017 General Election
- Campaigning across the country during the General Election, winning numerous marginal constituencies from the Conservatives