LOCAL ELECTIONS: Momentum Fail To Win Single Council
Momentum has achieved almost mythical status as an alleged campaigning powerhouse. It is hard to deny the number of activists that they can mobilise. It boasts a membership of 40,000 and is lauded as the “driving force” behind the entire Labour movement. However, in terms of its actual effectiveness when it comes to winning elections its credibility took another blow at the local elections.
It launched a campaign called Unseat targeting several areas with the aim of unseating Conservative councillors. The 10 councils Momentum targeted were: Wandsworth, Westminster, Barnet, Kensington and Chelsea, Trafford, Swindon, Milton Keynes, Portsmouth, Camden and Bromley.
However, none of these returned a Labour victory. Centrist figures within the Labour Party such as Dan Hodges see it as a liability:
These elections are the cross-over point. Momentum have now become a bigger net asset for Theresa May than they are for Jeremy Corbyn.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) 4 May 2018
However, it is clearly now an integral part of the Labour Party with some rallying to its defence. One thing is for certain, it is here to stay and while that is the case the patriotic right will have to develop an effective counter.