Jon Lansman worked on Jeremy Corbyn's successful 2015 campaign for the Labour Party leadership and subsequently founded the pro-Corbyn organisation, Momentum. Mr Lansman’s aim was to build a social movement supporting Mr Corbyn’s left-wing policy agenda – drawing inspiration from anti-austerity movements in Europe, including Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain. What Momentum became, though, is a group boasting 40,000 members paying a minimum of £3 per month that has put itself at the forefront of Labour’s push to win next week’s general election.
In January 2018, Mr Lansman was also elected to the National Executive Committee – the governing body of the Labour Party.
Despite railing against the super rich and standing behind radical socialist policies, Mr Lansman lived in a luxury building and his family reportedly run a property company with links to a tax haven.
Like many of Mr Corbyn’s inner circle, Mr Lansman was educated at a private school, Highgate, where fees are currently £20,370 a year.
According to a 2017 report by the Daily Mail, in April 2015, the left-winger’s fashionable Shoreditch house was placed on the market.
Jeremy Corby’s pal and Momentum founder Jon Lansman is a 'filthy rich public school boy' (Image: GETTY)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY)
Priced at just over £1.5 million, pictures on the estate agent’s website showed the three-bedroom flat, which was decorated with modern art, had a glass staircase, Rayburn cooker range, brushed steel kitchen, roof terrace, ‘insulated pantry,’ basement art studio, and ‘a spectacular wine cellar with a 2,200 bottle capacity’.
In the living room, underneath a flat-screen TV, a large bust of Karl Marx could be seen.
Bookshelves were stacked with texts about Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin, along with books by a political mentor, Tony Benn.
The house was reportedly bought by the pop star Emeli Sandé.
A friend of Mr Lansman told the