Momentum is a grassroots organisation with unity, pluralism and member-control at its heart. Our current democratic structures are detailed below, which will be reviewed at our first National Conference in February 2017.
To hold any elected position and sit on any of Momentum’s committees, you must be a full Momentum member - meeting the following criteria:
Support the objectives of Momentum;
Adhere to the code of ethics;
Are either a member of the Labour Party, an affiliate supporter or support the aims and; values of the Labour Party and are not members of other political parties.
Momentum members are able to organise with other activists in their area via their local group.
Local groups can decide democratically how they structure themselves internally and are encouraged to do so in a way that is as open and inclusive as possible.
To be a verified group, the National Momentum Team requires the following positions to be filled by full members of Momentum:
1) Two key contacts for National Momentum.
National Momentum requires the full names, email addresses and phone numbers for two members of each local group - at least one whom must be a woman.
2) Two delegates for the Regional Coordinating Network.
National Momentum requires the full names, email addresses and phone numbers of two delegates at least one of whom must be a women, to be placed in the Regional Coordinating Network’s online decision making tool - Loomio.
Regional delegates are elected to represent their local group at Regional Network Meetings
3) Two Social Media Managers.
National Momentum requires the full names, email addresses and phone numbers of two Social Media Managers- at least one of whom must be a women - to be responsible and accountable for the social media output of local groups
In accordance with the Social Media Agreement, both must have access to all of the group’s social media accounts
- National Momentum requires the full name, email address and phone number of one Data Manager, who shall provided with access to the members database in their area subject to signing the relevant contract.
Momentum groups are also encouraged to have a Labour Party engagement officer although this is not required.
Momentum in England is split up into nine Regional Networks
Regional delegates are elected by their local groups to represent the group at Regional Network Meetings
Regional Network meetings allow groups to share best practice, discuss and plan regional campaigns and issue and share information with the regional delegates to the National Committee.
Regional delegates to the National Committee are elected at each of the Regional Network meetings who, together with those elected by members ballot, represent the whole region at the National Committee.
Delegates to the National Committee are elected at the Regional Network meetings to represent the whole region at the National Committee, soon to be supplemented by additional members elected by members in areas where there are no local groups.
The National Committee is comprised of regional delegates, delegates elected by members in areas not covered by local groups, delegates from established Labour left-wing groups, liberation strands and affiliated unions.
The National committee makes decisions on issues and motions arising out of the Regional Network meetings and the priorities and campaigns of Momentum.
Papers for National Committee meetings
- First National Committee Agenda and Papers
- Second National Committee Agenda and Papers
- There are fourteen positions on Momentum’s Steering Committee, currently filled by twelve members, including three officer roles - Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer. At least half of the Steering Committee's positions must be filled by women.
Eight members of Momentum’s Steering committee were elected by the National Committee using Single Transferable Vote
Campaign for Socialism and Welsh Labour Grassroots - the sister organisations of Momentum in Scotland and Wales - each have one reserved space on the Steering Committee
- Four spaces on the Steering Committee are reserved for trade unions - currently the Fire Brigades Union and the Transport Salaried Staff Association fill one each.
The Steering Committee is responsible for making operational decisions on Momentum’s activity and priorities in between National Committee meetings
Chair - Jon Lansman
Vice Chair- Cecile Wright
Treasurer - Michael Chessum
Matt Wrack - General Secretary of the Fire Brigade’s Union
Sam Tarry - Political Officer - Transport Salaried Staffs' Association
Darren Williams/ Sophie Williams (Job share) - Welsh Labour Grassroots
Martyn Cook - Campaign for Socialism
Current elections for positions on the National Committee
Launching MxV - Members shape Momentum's future
Momentum has launched MxV, an innovative digital democracy platform to enable Momentum members to shape the organisation’s purpose, ethics and organisation. Yesterday, all members received an email from Momentum Digital with a unique code which enables them to log into MxV to read, submit, comment on, amend, support and composite proposals to be debated at our first National Conference in February and voted on by members.
Guidelines on the types and scope of proposals that can be submitted can be found here.
Any member can comment on proposals and indicate their support. The deadline for proposals to be uploaded is 1 January 2017. The process beyond this point will be decided by the National Committee on 3 December.
If any member hasn’t received their login details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.