It has been a very difficult summer for the Labour Party, I congratulate Jeremy Corbyn on his victory in the leadership contest.
There is now a real need for the party to come together and for all sides to aim to heal the wounds that now exist. I urge all Members to stay with the Labour Party it is the greatest force for good for ordinary people that has existed in our country, and only by staying with it can we ensure it stays relevant in the years to come.
I will do all in my power to ensure that the party becomes a credible and united force once again ready to provide an alternative government.
I will continue to put the needs of my constituents first. Of course, I will be supporting the leader of the Labour Party, in Labour’s fight to back our overstretched NHS, to stand up for inclusive education opportunities for all children and to build an economy that works for everyone.
He has also said that he wants the party to unite. The fact is that 42% of members and 63% of those who were members at the time of the 2015 General Election voted for a change at the top. If the party leadership is going to represent those who voted for Jeremy as well as those who didn’t, there is a need to recognise the level of concern there is and aim to build a programme and run an operation that wins the support of all members and of voters across the country.