As a supporter of the SNP, as someone who voted for the SNP, and as someone who voted YES in the Referendum, I am a bit puzzled as to why this message was emailed to me by the Labour party. How did you get my email address???
It went like this..
This is not the email I wanted to be writing to you today. I am profoundly sorry for the defeat we suffered, and more grateful than I can express for the support that you have shown me, and our party, throughout this campaign.
I take full responsibility for the result of the election, and that’s why it’s absolutely right that I step down as Labour’s leader today.
It has been the utmost privilege to serve this party as your leader, and to spend the last four-and-a-half years fighting for the millions of British families who need and deserve the fairness, compassion and opportunity that only a Labour government can provide.
Yet while defeats are hard, we are a party that will never stop fighting for the working people of this country. Britain needs a strong Labour Party and it is the responsibility of each of us to continue the fight. The stakes are too high to wait for others to lead.
It isn’t simply leaders who achieve change, it is people that make change happen. I will never give up on that idea, I will never give up on our cause and I will never give up on our fight.
Thank you again for everything, and please, keep on fighting too. The course of progress and social justice is never simple or straightforward, and change happens because people like us don’t give up.
I have no idea how you got my email address, but please can you take me off your mailing list?
I’ve been the MP for Doncaster North since 2005 and Leader of the Labour Party since September 2010.
I came into politics because I do not accept that change is simply done to people. Instead, I believe politics can help shape change so that it improves the life of people who feel the way Britain is run does not work for them.
Britain is a great country but we are being held back from achieving our full potential. The rules of our society too often reward people for doing the wrong things while those who work hard, and deserve more, struggle.
I lead a Labour Party that is determined to fulfil the immense promise of this country and ensure the next generation can do better than the last.
I grew up in North London and went to Haverstock Comprehensive School in Chalk Farm. I live in Doncaster North, where I am the local MP and my family home is in London. I live with my wife, Justine, and our two young sons.
Labour is determined to be a party that looks outwards, not inwards. That means talking to people, but also listening and responding to them too. That’s what this page is for.
- Haverstock Comprehensive School