'Jon Lansman, a member of Labour’s ruling national executive, is known as one of the UK opposition party’s most important backers of left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Why, then, has Lansman contributed to the smear campaign which claims that Corbyn’s Labour suffers a major anti-Semitism problem?
A grassroots Labour backlash against Lansman has been brewing for years.
One former colleague of his told The Electronic Intifada that Lansman is “the person who has spectacularly screwed it up” for Labour’s left-wing. The source said of Corbyn’s leadership that “Jon Lansman has put the whole project in danger.”
As The Electronic Intifada recently revealed, in the spring of 2016, Lansman privately advocated for Corbyn to be replaced as leader.
Lansman denied The Electronic Intifada’s revelation saying, “I back Jeremy 100 percent.”
Riding to prominence in the wake of Corbyn’s 2015 leadership election, Lansman leads Momentum, a Labour faction ostensibly formed to back Corbyn.
The group helped mobilize local activists during the 2017 general election – which saw unexpected gains by Corbyn’s Labour.
But Momentum is not a democratic organization, and Lansman’s leading role in the group – chairperson – is not elected by members.
He is sole owner of Jeremy For Leader Limited, the company which receives Momentum’s membership dues. According to official documents filed with Companies House – a register of businesses – the firm was incorporated “to control and process information collected in the course of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party leadership campaign.”
In his powerful position, Lansman has made himself increasingly unpopular with grassroots Labour activists.
One of the main issues of contention is the lack – since an internal coup in 2017 – of democratic structures in Momentum.
But speaking to multiple left-wing grassroots Labour and Momentum activists, it is also clear that many believe Lansman has encouraged the smears that the Labour Party has become anti-Semitic under Corbyn. Many wantLansman to go.
Lansman’s former colleague told The Electronic Intifada that he has always worked against grassroots democracy, preferring to model Momentum as a left-wing version of Progress, the hard-right corporate Labour faction.
The source was deeply involved in the first Corbyn leadership campaign in 2015 and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The source said that on the issue of anti-Semitism smears, Lansman has “actively encouraged attacks on MPs like Chris Williamson” and the wider left-wing movement.'
Read more: How Jon Lansman joined Labour’s witch hunt
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