Ed Miliband and other moderates to speak at Momentum festival

Written by David Singleton on 1 September 2017 in Diary

Last year's event was mainly addressed by Corbyn loyalists.

First arch-Blairite John McTernan revealed he is a paid-up member of Momentum.

Now the left wing group’s growing influence in Labour has been underlined with the news Ed Miliband and other Labour moderates are on board.

More than 20 MPs will join events staged by Momentum at its ‘alternative conference’ which is running in parallel to the official Labour party conference in Brighton later this month.

Miliband's attendance at the ‘World Transformed’ festival is significant as he was among the senior Labour figures who called on Corbyn to quit as party leader last summer.

Unsurprisingly, publicity for the ‘Conversation With Ed Miliband' does not mention this. It says: “From minister for climate change to leader of the Labour party, from pushing through the Collins reforms to #Milifandom, few politicians have had a more interesting career than Ed Miliband.

“What have these experiences taught Ed about politics? How does he look back on his time as Labour leader and what does he think of Labour now? And, thinking big, what are the big challenges for progressives over the next few years?”

Other Labour party moderates who will speak at the four-day festival are Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth and Lisa Nandy, who ran Owen Smith's campaign when he challenged Corbyn for the leadership.

They will be joined by pro-Corbyn MPs, including John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, Clive Lewis, Cat Smith, Richard Burgon and Laura Pidcock.

The list of speakers is in contrast to Momentum’s conference last year which was mainly addressed by Corbyn loyalists.

Anastasia Palikeras, who is organising the event, said: “This year’s World Transformed programme will have even more Labour MPs alongside internationally acclaimed writers, artists, campaigners and activists, reflecting the growing diversity and strength of our movement.

“For us the key focus is on building on the success of Labour’s general election campaign and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead by discussing the ideas that will transform our world.”



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