- Group operates independently from Labour but backed by Corbyn and Abbott
- Yesterday it announced it will target foreign secretary and home secretary
- Liberal Democrats tried a similar strategy in 2005 but it failed to paralyse Tories
Labour’s hard-Left Momentum group has launched a so-called ‘decapitation strategy’ aimed at taking out Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd and other senior Tories at the next election.
The grassroots organisation, which Tory MPs accuse of orchestrating abuse during the last election, yesterday said it was putting its supporters on a permanent war footing in preparation for a possible snap election.
The group operates independently from the Labour Party but has the support of senior figures, including Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott.
Yesterday it served notice that it will target senior Tories in marginal seats, with Mr Johnson, Miss Rudd and former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith all likely to face campaigns designed to unseat them.
The group, which operates independently from Labour but is backed by Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott, is planning to set up training camps in London, Manchester and Birmingham to drill 160 activists to target constituencies held by the likes of Boris Johnson (pictured)
The tactic is reminiscent of the so-called ‘decapitation strategy’ run by the Liberal Democrats in 2005 when they tried – and failed – to paralyse the Tories by taking out senior figures including Michael Howard, Theresa May and David Davis.
Pictured: Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who is a target of the group
Momentum now plans to launch a series of training camps for Labour activists to target 160. Activists will be taught a range of campaigning techniques, including how to make viral videos similar to Momentum’s parody of middle class people sitting around discussing the Labour leader’s policies, which was condemned by Tory MPs as an attempt to fuel class war.