Labour Party factions

Momentum  A new grassroots left-wing organisation that wants ordinary members to have much more influence over the party. Cheerleaders for Corbyn and organise in his defence. This group is subject to continued scrutiny about its possible links to long established hard-left groups.

Labour First  Strongly  in opposition to Corbyn and seen as representing the right of the party. Claims to exist to represent ‘moderate party members’.

Progress  Represents New Labour ideas and is part of Labour’s right wing. This group was once very influential, but now seriously sidelined due to Corbyn’s success.

Compass  Set up in 2003 in opposition to Blair by Neil Lawson, this group could now be described as critical friends of Corbyn.

Shifts in faction influence under Kier Starmer

The factional group whose influence has grown is Labour First. Its secretary, Luke Akehurst, topped the ballot in elections for the national executive committee (NEC), and former full-time national organiser Matt Pound plays a key role in the leader’s office. This traditional “old right” organisation, with links to trade unions and local government, was founded in the 80s and its raison d’être has always been to fight the “organised hard left” 

The day after Starmer’s election, Labour to Win was unveiled. It brings together the two main strands of Corbyn-scepticism: Labour First and Progress, which was first established in 1996 to champion New Labour. Since the L2W launch, Progress has merged with Peter Mandelson’s Policy Network and become Progressive Britain.