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Momentum target Chuka’s new pay cheque

It used to be a truism on the left, that the one surefire way to motivate your base (and boost funding) was to attack the supposed greed and wealth of the hated Tories.

But it appears that times have indeed changed. Not the tactics of course, but the targets: now the true enemies of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour are clearly… other Labour MPs.

Mr Steerpike spied an email this morning from Momentum, the left-wing pressure group set up to support Jeremy Corbyn, that shows they are using Chuka Umunna’s £451 an hour salary as a funding drive. The Labour MP declared this week that he will be paid £65,000 a year to chair a new centrist think tank, set to challenge Jeremy Corbyn’s vision for the party. The news clearly has not gone down well in left-wing circles. Momentum writes:


‘We know why millionaires, Tory donors and business people are chucking money at these new initiatives. They’re desperate to stop a Corbyn-led Labour Party winning the next general election and rebuilding Britain for the many, not the few.

Over the last few years Momentum’s 44,000 members have been crucial in defending Jeremy and bringing Labour back to its socialist roots.

But unlike Chuka’s new think tank, Momentum doesn’t pay anyone £451 an hour.We run on the power of volunteers, membership subscriptions and small donations from people like you.’

It warms Mr S’s heart to see such displays of comradely behaviour.



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