TO Kentish Town, where members of Momentum were last night urging people on their way home to vote for Labour in Holborn and St Pancras. They held up placards with broad party policies – saving the NHS, investing in social housing etc – which they feel have not been given a fair airing in the media ahead of next month’s general election. “We need to make sure the final manifesto is not watered down, that would not be why people voted for Jeremy Corbyn to be leader,” one of the activists told me. “That’s what’s coming next.”
More centrist Labour members are equally suspicious in return: Where are the official party posters, they ask after these kind of events, and it’s true that the campaigners here were largely beginning with an opening pitch of ‘vote Jeremy Corbyn’, rather than ‘vote for Labour’. Keir Starmer wasn’t mentioned in the 15 minutes I was there, watching reactions.
There were honks of support from passing drivers – including one from a double decker red bus, which is probably not in their TfL contract – and, more or less, a polite response to the leaflets shoved into the hands of people just off the tube, though. It is of course hard to tell in this heavy Labour area whether people will vote for the party in all weathers, with or without Corbyn in charge, but the only real flack they seemed to be getting for their devotion to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership on this corner, however, was from a fellow Labour supporter who appeared to feel this style of wildcat campaigning was unhelpful.