With a new leadership race there’s now a real chance to bring the Labour party together to fight the good fight against the right.
Make no mistake the vultures of the right are circling with an eye to use the approaching leadership challenge as an opportunity to drive wedges into the party. It’s up to all of us, members, caucus, affiliates, to make sure that no such opportunity is presented.
Which is not to say there shouldn’t be a robust process and a strong competition. But regardless of what happens once the dust clears we must be ready to take the right on – so much of what we want for our country depends on it.
Regardless of who stands and who you support once those nominations are made, we must use this open and democratic process as a chance to make our movement stronger. It has always been our unity that allows us to foot it against the right’s big money, and when we are not united we are weak.
In that spirit the Standard would like to offer any Labour MP standing for leadership the opportunity to post here and speak directly with the people who support you. Just get in touch.
And any of you who have let you membership lapse or have thought about joining but haven’t? It’s time to sign up.
lprent: As a retrospective, we made the same offer in 2011. These were the three guest posts then. They were published as we received them. We’ll follow the same procedures now.