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My Ilford Recorder Column 25 June 2015

 The Conservative government wasted little time bringing forward its major legislation.  I spoke on the Queens Speech and in debates on the European Union Referendum  Bill.  I also voted to choose the important Chairs of the  Select Committees which will question and scrutinise the Government.

As Labour begins to discuss the reasons for our worst General Election defeat since 1983, MPs have been nominating candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader to go to a September ballot of all full, registered and individual affiliated Party members. 

Labour did not lose just because Ed Miliband was unpopular, or because we were falsely held responsible for the 2008 global banking crisis.  We appeared to many as out of touch, obsessed with micro-issues,  with no narrative, no vision and no sense of where our country was going.  Labour will not win back a majority by chasing an anti-globalisation, anti-immigration agenda. There is no future for a party of the left of centre in following a mean and nasty agenda. There is no future for Labour if we concentrate on a debate about the past.  We need a new forward looking leader with vision, a modern progressive internationalist pro-European narrative, and the commitment to appeal to the centre as well as the left,  so we can in 2020 achieve a majority over the Conservatives in England and Wales.   We also need to begin the difficult task of rebuilding the Labour Party in Scotland.   I believe that it is time Labour put women in positions of leadership. I nominated Liz Kendall as the best candidate for leader of the Labour Party, and Angela Eagle for deputy. I am supporting Tessa Jowell for Mayor of London. 


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