Whoever is next to lead our Party must take responsibility for holding the Tories to account during what will be a difficult next five years. With the Tories having a comfortable majority in Parliament, it’s a task that is by no means easy but, with the support of our fantastic members, supporters and colleagues in the Parliamentary Labour Party, it is absolutely possible.
We must look at the reasons so many decided to abandon Labour last Thursday and tackle them head on. With our people-powered movement of so many, we must rebuild trust within these communities before the Tories are allowed to sell off the NHS to Donald Trump and further their austerity agenda that has done so much damage to the country for the last decade.
But, the answer is not to embrace the politics of austerity or abandon our polices on Climate Change and our commitment to the Green Industrial Revolution. Labour must listen to its members on our commitment to peace and we must continue to take it seriously. We cannot simply hark back to the days of blindly supporting intervention and backing arms sales that lets brutal regimes such as Saudi Arabia off the hook with their disgusting actions in Yemen. The end of the “bomb first, talk later” approach must be replaced by a commitment to upholding human rights wherever they are challenged.
These have always been core Labour values and must be the absolute priority of any future leader’s intentions.
Britain needs the Labour Party to be an effective opposition and I look forward to supporting a leadership candidate that offers both an opportunity to change this country in government, and one whose progressive policies bring the Party together to take the fight to the Tories.