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Dispatches Momentum Documentary Prompts Group To Release 'Pointless Deceit' Video

'I feel like I've been violated.'

19/09/2016 19:47 | Updated 20 September 2016

Channel 4’s much anticipated Dispatches documentary, ‘The Battle For The Labour Party’ aired on Monday night, shining a light on the inner workings of the grassroots movement, Momentum, that supports Jeremy Corbyn.

Before it even aired, the group released a video purporting to show the effects the programme has had on its activists.

The first woman to appear says that she “like I’ve been violated almost”.

Another accused the Channel 4 undercover reporter of exploiting the kindness of Momentum members, saying it felt like "such a violation".

They also defended accusations made in a preview of the show.

A Momentum spokesman told the Huffington Post UK that Channel 4’s investigation had exploited its “enthusiastic and young activists”, and that some allegations are “slurs or matters of opinion”.

He said: “Lawyers are looking at it and we’re minded to take this to Ofcom.”

They also insisted the group is not campaigning for deselections or mandatory reselection of MPs and “Labour members are free to organise as they see fit for candidate selections”.

It said any suggestions Momentum has been funded by Corbyn’s leadership campaign were false and claimed that in fact, Momentum has provided loans to Jeremy for Labour.

But Channel 4 is standing its ground.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “Channel 4 has a remit to deliver high quality news and current affairs, and a track record for investigative journalism and holding those in power to account.

“This is a vital piece of investigative journalism, on an issue of critical national importance to everyone in the UK particularly in a period of political flux.”

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