Momentum to take on Unite in battle for key Labour role
Founder of grassroots movement likely to stand as general secretary to counter union grip on post
Momentum is expected to go head-to-head with Labour’s biggest trade union backer in the battle for the party’s next general secretary, after a late-night conference call failed to persuade the grassroots group to rally around the Unite candidate.
Jon Lansman, the founder of Momentum, has told friends he is considering a bid to replace Iain McNicol, who is standing down, and is expected to announce his intentions on Tuesday.
Senior sources at the leftwing group, which has been a key backer of Jeremy Corbyn, said there was dissatisfaction that unions could in effect decide between themselves who would secure the position.
Huge positive response to Formby’s #JenSec declaration
As the SKWAWKBOX broke this afternoon, Unite’s Jennie Formby has declared her intention to apply for the position of Labour Party General Secretary.
The response on social media from Labour members, senior party and union figures and many MPs has been overwhelmingly positive, in spite of mischievous attempts by the mainstream media to paint a ‘Unite v Momentum’ picture because of the possibility that Jon Lansman might also apply.
Labour MPs have swung behind a candidacy that has become so popular it generated its own hashtag: #JenSec:
Labour Party Rule book may prove useful at this point: