‘New Momentum’ rebels threaten to derail Keir Starmer’s bid to reach No 10: Alarm bells for Labour leader after 400,000 join cost-of-living movement in two weeks
- ‘Enough is Enough’ gained 400,000 supporters since it launched two weeks ago
- Starmer loyalists fear it will overshadow Labour’s own cost-of-living message
- Backed by left-wing MPs Ian Byrne and Zarah Sultana, it’s being dubbed the ‘new Momentum’
Sir Keir Starmer faces a new ‘post-Corbyn’ hard-Left threat which allies fear could derail Labour’s drive back to power.
They raised alarm bells over the emergence of a new cost-of-living campaign backed by union leaders and Left-wing Labour MPs.
The ‘Enough is Enough’ movement already has more than 400,000 supporters – nearly as many members as the Labour Party, despite only being launched barely two weeks ago.
Backed by leading Labour Left-wing MPs Ian Byrne and Zarah Sultana, it is already being dubbed the ‘new Momentum’ and billed as the potential successor to the activist campaign which backed Sir Keir’s Left-wing predecessor as leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
And some Starmer loyalists fear the new trade union-backed movement, which campaigns for real pay rises and a ‘tax the rich’ agenda, will overshadow Labour’s own cost-of-living message.
Jeremy Corbyn (2nd left) and Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South (2nd right) on the picket line outside London Euston train station.
Labour modernisers are also concerned that Enough is Enough’s network of supporters will be used to encourage a leadership challenge against Sir Keir – or even form the basis for a completely new party.
Key campaign backer Dave Ward, boss of the Communication Workers Union, said last week that if Labour did not stand up to the Tories, ‘we will fill that vacuum’.
And last night, former Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery insisted that Enough is Enough ‘isn’t a mad Lefty movement’ and gave a thinly veiled warning to Sir Keir to make clear whose side he was on in the cost-of-living crisis.
Mr Lavery told the MoS: ‘There’s a massive appetite for change and change is on the way. Politicians need to decide whose side they’re on.’
Labour sources played down the threat and pointed to how the party now had a 15-point poll lead over the Tories following Sir Keir’s plan to freeze the energy bills cap this autumn.
A Shadow Cabinet Minister also dismissed Enough is Enough, saying: ‘It’s the usual suspects filling rooms with the usual suspects talking to themselves. Labour’s challenge is to talk to the country.’
However, some allies of the Labour leader are privately raising concerns, while Left-wing critics are comparing it with Labour’s own plummeting membership.
New figures show that while the party had about 550,000 members when Sir Keir took over in April 2020, that had dropped to just over 432,000 by the end of last year.
One former Corbyn loyalist and ex-frontbencher even claimed that Enough is Enough now rivalled Labour.
Labour modernisers are also concerned that Enough is Enough’s network of supporters will be used to encourage a leadership challenge against Sir Keir
He said: ‘They have over 400,000 people signed up – that’s almost as big as the Labour Party now.’
The MP added it could well be the ‘new Momentum’ as a lot of pro-Corbyn Labour members ‘who left or have been kicked out’ under Starmer will have joined the group.
Enough is Enough says it was launched on August 8 by backers ‘determined to push back against the misery forced on millions by rising bills, low wages, food poverty, shoddy housing and a society run only for a wealthy elite’.
Mr Lavery said: ‘The stark message is in the name… Quite frankly, people have had enough.’
A Labour source played down the threat, saying ‘protests or petition signatures don’t convert votes’.
An Enough is Enough spokesman said the group ‘is about pulling our country back from the brink of a humanitarian crisis, not engaging in petty squabbles between politicians’.
Source: Read Full Article
The post 'New Momentum' rebels threaten Keir Starmer's bid to reach No 10 appeared first on Hot Celebrity reviews.