Last night we had a Momentum Hackney meeting where we discussed the coming General Election. We have 50 days to build for a Labour victory - to get a government led by Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn that can transform the country by building social housing, bringing the railways into public ownership, saving our NHS, fighting against racism and sexism, creating a fairer education system and developing an economy and a Brexit that works for the… Read More
In response to the members meeting in February, we have codified our practice. The steering committee decided to call this a constitution because this will enable us to open a bank account and generally will help us put the local group on a firmer footing (other local groups have developed constitutions for these reasons). We will be led by our members on this so please feedback to us what you like and what you don’t like and why, what’s missing… Read More
The start of 2017 seems a good time to reflect on our first year of Momentum Hackney. During 2016, we had ten public meetings on issues including housing, education, the EU, our agenda for Hackney and the Labour leadership campaign; two members meetings to elect a committee and shape objectives; two Labour engagement workshops focused on learning about Labour and becoming a councillor; and two political education events on social movements and… Read More
Report back from Momentum Regional Meeting & Discussion of One Member One Vote vs. Delegate Structures For Momentum Hackney: Mainly feedback about the discussion about OMOV/Delegates. Spent 2 ½ hours at Regional discussing the move by the National Steering Committee to impose OMOV after calling a Steering Committee meeting with barely any notice (when the decision should have been considered by members). There were around 30 delegates at… Read More
Any Labour Party member can submit a motion to their branch. You just need to email it to your branch secretary a week before the meeting. You give your own name as a proposer and the name of someone else in your branch as a seconder. If you don’t know who your branch secretary is or know anyone who can second a motion then contact Heather if you’re in Hackney South or Tom if you’re in Hackney North (contact details below). Motions are a way… Read More
The Labour Party can be confusing. It’s probably easiest to start locally, going to a few meetings and seeing how things work and then asking questions to people who seem to know what they’re doing. The basic building block of the Labour Party is the Branch Labour Party (BLP). There is one of these for each ward (wards are the electoral unit for council elections). There are 21 wards in Hackney each with their own BLP. Most of them meet on the… Read More
We need to be working up well-informed realistic, but radical policies alternatives for Hackney. This would provide us with a campaigning platform and help us when engaging with the Labour Group to press for progressive policies. We on the left has often been accused of being clear about what we are against, but not so good at communicating a clear vision of how we see the future. On a local level we could be putting that forward. Here’s the… Read More
Overall the workshop was incredibly interesting and informative. There were more than 15 of us in attendance (members of the People’s Assembly, Labour Party, Socialist Party, Momentum Hackney, Hackney KONP, HTUC, Hackney Unison, Hackney No#TTIP, Debt Resistance UK). Councillor Geoff Taylor gave an overview of how Hackney has changed over the years and how this has affected its finances. In the Victorian period Hackney had a population of over… Read More
We were tasked with going to the London Momentum meeting on 29th October as Hackney’s delegates. This meeting was dominated by the outcomes of a hastily-convened meeting of Momentum’s Steering Committee the previous night at which just nine people had agreed to cancel the National Committee meeting scheduled for the following Saturday and to install One-Member-One-Vote (OMOV) at Momentum’s planned conference. Two and a half hours of the London… Read More
On Tuesday 20th September 2016, Momentum Hackney had it's first democratic elections in a Members Only meeting. The objective of the elections was to put together a democratically elected Momentum Hackney Steering Committee(MHSC) for the upcoming year to organise and help in the day to day running of the local Momentum group in Hackney. Initially after a consultation period a MHSC of 12 positions was drawn up with 2 Co-Organisers, 2 Labour… Read More