Momentum sustains a string of Labour selection defeats
Group has won in seven of 29 seats and says results dispel claim it has total control of party
Momentum has suffered a string of defeats in Labour party selections, Guardian analysis can reveal, winning just a handful of battles for marginal seats across England and Wales.
Of the 29 seats where candidates have been selected, just seven selections were won by candidates with Momentum campaigns behind them.
Overnight, Erica Lewis, a former staffer for MP Cat Smith,lost her bid for selection in Morecambe and Lunesdale, despite backing from Momentum.
The selection highlighted tension between the local and national movements. North Lancashire’s Momentum chair protested against the national group endorsing a candidate for the seat apparently without consulting local members.