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Food bank charity complains over Momentum campaign methods

27 April 2017

5:00 PM

27 April 2017

5:00 PM

Oh dear. When Jeremy Corbyn announced this week that a Labour government would focus on the issue of food banks, Mr S is pretty sure he didn’t imagine what would follow. On Tuesday, Mr S revealed the curious tactics of Momentum activists in Hove. Kate Knight — the Hove Momentum and Hove CLP executive officer — took to Facebook to boast of her latest campaign tactic: sticking ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ stickers on all food bank donations. As Steerpike pointed out, the questionable method could also go against election ‘treating’ rules — which dictate that it is a ‘corrupt practice’ for any person to provide food, drink or entertainment to win votes.

Now, following Mr S’s revelation, the Trussell Trust has contacted both Labour and Momentum to raise concerns. The poverty charity’s food bank network provides 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis — and is politically neutral.


As a result, Steerpike understands that the person responsible has been reprimanded by the party and campaigners have been told to refrain from using food bank donations to campaign. Back to the drawing board then… or, better still, the doorstep.


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