The branch of the Momentum group – which states its support for Jeremy Corbyn – has launched a number of sharp accusations at Sir Starmer. Some of the claims refer to the Labour leader’s previous role as Director of Public Prosecutions.
Others are more current, and relate to what the group describes as a failure on Sir Starmer’s part to act on a number of alleged issues facing the party including racism and ableism.
Sam Weinstein, Secretary of the Camden Momentum branch, accused Sir Starmer of “working closely with the police” in his prosecution role to convict people who were “overwhelmingly working class and disproportionately people of colour”.
Sir Starmer has previously voiced a staunch opposition to defunding the UK’s police force.
He said in June: “Nobody should be saying anything about defunding the police, and I would have no truck with that.”
Mr Weinstein also accused Sir Starmer of “failing to hold the police accountable for deaths in police custody.”
He also claimed Sir Starmer “took no immediate action against HQ staff members whose racism, sexism, and ableism was exposed in the leaked report on anti-Semitism in the party.”
Mr Weinstein did not highlight which claims of sexism, racism, or ableism he was referring to. However, they may be in reference to cases set out in the leaked report, including one alleged instance where Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North, was described as an “angry woman”, described as a “classic racist trope”.
The claims may also refer to another instance in which Ms Abbott was crying in a bathroom due to regular abuse she had received online.
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Mr Weinstein made his comments in a Camden New Journal article.
Momentum’s call for a vote of no confidence in Sir Starmer was met with criticism when posted to Twitter.
One user said: “If Momentum really wanted a Labour government they could have lobbied for an electable Labour leader at the last election. Please stop wasting people’s time and do something useful.”
Another said: “Outside the Labour Party, Momentum is seen as toxic. Your movement is making it more difficult to make the Labour party electable.”
Momentum has been described as a grassroots people’s movement in support of left-wing policies for the Labour party.
Analysts say the group was initially set up to support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after hw was voted in as head of the party.
The group’s aims are to push for a “more open, democratic, member-led” Labour party by campaigning at both a local and national level.