Labour left activists are set to launch open primaries as they prepare to run candidates in the upcoming internal elections of Corbynite network Momentum, which revealed a timetable earlier this week.
Forward Momentum, a new campaign aiming to “rebound” and “democratise” the organisation chaired by Jon Lansman, has confirmed that it will run a slate for the national coordinating group (NCG).
It has announced today that candidates for its slate will be selected through a process of open primaries, with organised hustings, in an effort to show they “practice what they preach” on internal democracy.
Members have argued that these plans stand in contrast to the ones established by the current NCG of Momentum, which has decided not to hold digital hustings for the elections.
Forward Momentum’s Deborah Hermanns said: “Momentum’s officers have said they want to listen to and empower members. And while it is understandable that physical hustings may not now be possible, their decision not to hold even digital hustings closes down the vital debate over Momentum’s future.