In March, Momentum ran a “policy primary” for the first time — a one-member-one-vote email ballot of its members to decide what motions Momentum should take to Labour Party conference.
This was a step forward for democracy in Momentum, but still limited: making decisions by email referendum is a partial form of democracy, and one which favours central control. Momentum had some democratic structures prior to 2017 which were based on meetings of representatives of local groups. But the unelected office staff are central to shaping and holding email ballots: indeed, they get to set the questions.
Momentum’s leadership has still not released the results of the vote (which closed on 31 March, and was electronic, so counted instantly). Moreover the leadership has stated that it will meet in September to revise the list of approved motions, essentially overruling the ballot.