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What does Momentum really want?

Rumours abound of shadowy left-wing plots. But the true nature of Momentum is both more straightforward—and more diverse

By Richard Seymour  

Momentum Chair Jon Lansman, who is now on Labour's National Executive Committee. Photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Last week, in Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) elections, the slate backed by Corbynite campaign group Momentum swept to victory. The aftermath was as you’d expect. According to the headlines, this signified yet another hard left plot: Jeremy Corbyn had tightened his grip. A leftist clique has taken power. Dial “M” for Momentum.

These clichés are starting to look not just cynical, but foolish. Labour’s right can’t complain, every time it loses an election, that…

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