On behalf of the Labour Party and its leadership, I would like to express my sincere thanks to each and every Momentum member and supporter who played a part in our tremendous effort to secure Labour wins in the elections last week.
Whilst we have a long way to go to rebuild our trust with the electorate in Scotland, there is a strong showing for Labour in England and Wales. These results are a real improvement on the 2013, 2014 and 2015 local elections and show that Labour under Jeremy leadership has a firm base to build from. 48% of councillors elected last week are Labour, in comparison to the Tories’ 30% and Labour are not just the biggest party, but have an overall majority in 58 of the 124 councils up for election.
What is more, we held our own or advanced in key marginal councils with Tory MPs, including: Worcester, Redditch, Derby, Ipswich, Norwich, Harlow, Crawley, Southampton and Hastings. Not to mention the four excellent Labour mayors we’ve elected in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Salford. I know that Momentum groups have been particularly active in many of these areas, and indeed elsewhere, so thank you for the remarkable impact you have made.
What is perhaps most heart-warming of all, is the knowledge that Momentum groups played a key role in mobilising many new and less experienced activists. Jeremy’s leadership inspired many tens of thousands of people to join Labour and get involved in politics for the first time, and now that fresh energy lives on in Momentum.
Searching #Momentum4Labour on social media shows months of Momentum’s superb campaigning for Labour, with the “Six O’Clock Squad” in Plymouth, Sheffield’s solidarity road trips to Rotherham, the #WheresZacsTax stunts and #JezWeKhan post-canvassing socials in London, Momentum groups are pioneering creative and engaging ways of doing politics.
So, now what? We have a solid Labour base in England and Wales, but there is much more work to be done. If you’re not already, I would urge you join the Labour Party and to join Momentum as well. Becoming a member of Momentum will enable to you to be part of and shape a growing network of people and groups who are committed to building a more democratic and equal society and see a Jeremy-led Labour Party in government.
There has never been a better time to get involved in politics.
Momentum exists to channel the energy and enthusiasm from the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader campaign, using the experiences and creativity of ordinary people to increase power and activity at a grassroots level, based on the principles of participatory democracy and solidarity. Through this process, we aim to make people more powerful in society and build Labour into the transformative governing party of the 21st century. Please join us and help make this happen.
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