Why I Joined Momentum

“For me, Momentum is about pushing for change at POLICY level – being active in making change at that level rather than continuing to put sticking plasters on huge gaping wounds caused by Tory austerity measures.”

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Hi, I’m Angie. I subscribed to Momentum and joined the Labour Party in July 2016 having realised that Jeremy Corbyn was a once-in-a-lifetime politician for the people, who needed everyone to get behind him due to the negative media campaign against him. I went to Liverpool Momentum’s rally at the Liner Hotel and felt the passion and sense of solidarity and hope in that room, and began to feel hopeful for the first time in decades. I then went to the Corbyn rally in Liverpool along with 10,000 people to hear him speak and knew that I wanted to be part of this movement – a big change in the way politics is done – real democracy and people participation from bottom up! I put some feelers out in Widnes to start the process of setting up a local Momentum group and in the next few days, met others with the same aspirations and Momentum Halton was born.

For me, Momentum is about pushing for change at POLICY level – being active in making change at that level rather than continuing to put sticking plasters on huge gaping wounds caused by Tory austerity measures. (Though on a local level we can and will support people suffering the effects of austerity) We’re only just beginning to assess the landscape, the issues, and where we can make a difference. It’s also going to be important to raise awareness, both locally and across social media, about what’s been happening in politics, to counter the right wing bias that floods the mainstream media when it comes to Jeremy Corbyn; and to ensure that the people know what’s happening to their local services, hospitals and ambulance crews and schools. Public outrage is needed if any real change is to be effected… and I look forward to that challenge, from campaigning and canvassing, holding street stalls, growing our membership numbers and having our own rallies!

 

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