Momentum says Starmer faces Labour 'civil war' if he goes ahead with leadership election rule changes
Momentum, the Labour organisation set up to support Jeremy Corbyn and his agenda when Corbyn was leader, has said Sir Keir Starmer will trigger “civil war” if he takes his proposed rule changes to conference. In a statement Callum Bell, its vice chair, said:
If Starmer genuinely intended to empower working people, he would be putting Party resources behind the kind of community organising our activists do day in and day out on picket lines and at food banks. In reality, his only goal is to increase the power of 200 Westminster politicians at the expense of hundreds of thousands of working class members.
Any attempt to take these rule changes to conference would mark the start of a civil war in the party. Grassroots members will have no choice but to mobilise all our strength to fight back against this bureaucratic attack. Conference will get very messy, very fast - and there is no saying who will come out on top.
This marks a new low in Starmer’s leadership. Clearly, all his pledges of unity and left wing policy made during the leadership campaign were barefaced lies. Starmer holds the membership in contempt. And still, we’re six points behind the Tories.