Ken Loach and five Labour MPs to appear at 'rival' Momentum conference

Written by David Singleton on 18 August 2016 in Diary
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The Momentum event will run alongside the official Labour conference in Liverpool in September.

After Jeremy Corbyn confirmed his attendance at Momentum’s controversial alternative conference in Liverpool, the full line-up has emerged.

The Labour leader will be joined by three of his most fiercely loyal shadow cabinet supporters – shadow chancellor John McDonnel, shadow health secretary Diane Abbott, Jo and shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis.

A slightly more surprising addition to the line-up is Jon Cruddas, the Labour party’s policy co-ordinator. The Dagenham MP is not known as one of Corbyn’s biggest fans, but is seen as an independent thinker on the left of the party.

Also on the bill are film director Ken Loach, journalist Paul Mason and various activists and trade unionists such as Aaron Bastaani, Emma Rees, Mark Serwotka, Matt Wrack, Neal Lawson and Shelly Asquith.

The festival, called The World Transformed, has annoyed many Labour MPs and supporters as it has been organised to coincide with the official Labour Party conference in Liverpool from the 24 – 27 September. Amid concern about entryism, Corbyn opponents have described it as a rival conference and noted that it is open to people who are not official conference delegates or Labour members.

Momentum sources have insisted that the event is not a rival conference, but is "part of the fringe". The organisers say it is designed to “build a movement” around the party, and develop a new politics of participation and involvement. It is also expected to connect grassroots groups with the Labour Party more generally. It will include over 150 hours of workshops, talks, performance and activities to “empower communities and transform society”.

Corbyn recently released a promotional video for the event, saying “I’m going to be there, because I want to see a world transformed.”

“All those people, with all those ideas, ambitions and energy, are going to be there as well. Come along and join us – you’ll have a great experience. Doing things together benefits us all, educates us all, makes us strong, and does change the world”.

 

 

Picture by: Joel Ryan/AP/Press Association Images

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