The majority of the shadow cabinet have resigned from their positions on the frontbench in the last 36 hours.
The referendum result last Thursday has utterly changed the political situation. As a nation, we now face a crisis as great as the financial crisis of 2007, and a task as monumental as the reconstruction of 1945.
I have no doubt at all about your strong belief in a fairer society and your passionate desire to tackle inequality. I also want to pay tribute to you for the great dignity you have shown in the face of an often vicious attack from certain section of the press.
I have never spoken out publicly against you, and I do not intend to now. However, the EU referendum was catastrophic for the UK, for our communities and for the next generation.
I am deeply proud of all we have achieved over the past year, including winning crucial victories for the people I entered politics to serve, such as forcing the government into a U-turn over tax credits cuts and support for disabled people through PIP, fighting the bedroom tax, standing up for women set to lose out as a result of mishandled pension reforms and starting to change the destructive Tory narrative around social security.
I am sorry that you did not appear to accept the special responsibility on you as leader to take all steps possible to unite us.
You left many Labour voters uncertain as to our party’s position. You made speeches that undermined the campaign to stay in the EU. You and John McDonnell regularly attacked the remain campaign. Even on polling day there were people who thought you really wanted us to leave.
You have brought fresh thinking to the party, and have energised many new members. However, in order for us to bring about the change in this country that so many Labour voters so desperately need and want to see, the party needs to be united and ready for an early general election.
I am deeply disappointed with the discussion and by your failure to recognise that the turmoil after the referendum vote, a likely autumn election, the responsibility to hold the Labour party together and the very wide – and ever widening – concerns about your leadership require a fresh leadership election.
I was devastated by the result of the EU referendum. Too many of our supporters were taken in by rightwing arguments and I believe this happened, in part, because under your leadership the case to remain in the EU was made with half-hearted ambivalence rather than full-throated clarity.
My town is being battered by this heinous Tory government, and much as I’ve supported you, this weekend it’s become clear that you can’t hold our Labour team together.
The very fact that the party leadership never really demonstrated the strongest possible case for remaining, I believe, led to that failure which will have repercussions for decades to come.
The Labour party is not about you, it’s about us, most of all it’s about them, the brilliant people in the UK, even the ones who don’t agree with us. We need action, we really needed it last week the week before.
There is now a strong possibility of a general election this autumn, and I am convinced that Labour faces electoral annihilation from which we may not recover for a generation if you lead us into it.
In this volatile period for politics, it is essential that the leader of the Labour party can connect with all areas of the country and I do not believe that this can be achieved under your leadership.
No one who has spent the last six weeks in daily conversations with voters in the North of England, as I have in Chesterfield, could be under any illusions about how urgently the Labour party needs a change at the top.
We have been friends for some years and as my former MP I hold you in very high regard as one of the kindest and most committed public servants in politics.
Although I do not doubt your personal commitment to your long-held principles, I believe that a new leader is needed to take on the challenges ahead: steering our way through the very difficult period facing this country; exerting a decisive influence on the post-referendum negotiations; and winning broad-based electoral support.
I am deeply worried about the economic impact on our communities, especially in those areas that are already bearing the brunt of Tory cuts, and also by the divisions and messages of intolerance that came to the fore during the campaign.
The task in front of us is immense. We have, over many years, lost the support of our traditional communities. While I don’t blame you personally for that, I do not believe you understand their concerns sufficiently to re-engage with these communities.
We are now on the way to the EU exit door and there is a grave risk that the UK will break up. This would not have happened had we had a Labour government.
Those who will be hit hardest by the economic shock associated with the vote to leave the EU need a strong opposition, as do those communities who fear rising levels of intolerance, hatred and division.
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