So finally the result of the Labour Leadership Election has been announced and it has been a very long four months. As well as the new leader, Labour also announced their new Deputy Leader and Mayor of London candidate.
Sadiq Khan – Labour’s Mayor of London Candidate
Yesterday Labour announced that Sadiq Khan, the former Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, had been chosen as their candidate for Mayor of London. I feel that Londoners have voted for the right person as I know that Sadiq is the best candidate to help Labour win in 2016. Sadiq has many modern, new ideas and I know that he will be a great Mayor of London if elected. He wants to make housing in London more affordable and tackle the issues of inequality in the area. Sadiq has been the MP for Tooting since 2005. I know that everyone in the Labour Party will be supporting Sadiq with his campaign.
Tom Watson – Labour’s New Deputy Leader
I gave Tom my 3rd Preference in my vote for Deputy Leader. As voting went to the third round, I am proud to have contributed towards his win. I think Tom will be a great deputy leader for The Labour Party. He seems passionate and is not afraid to stand up and speak out for what he believes in. Tom has been the MP for West Bromwich East since 2001 and was the Deputy Chair of The Labour Party between 2011 and 2013. I know that Tom will provide serious strong opposition to the Tory government and I wish him all the best of luck.
Jeremy Corbyn – Labour’s New Leader
I had backed Andy Burnham for Labour Leadership but Jeremy Corbyn has my full support. Jeremy has been an MP for 32 years but never held a cabinet position. I know that Jeremy will want to unite the party in the hope of gaining power again in 2020. Today sees the end of New Labour and the party return to its Socialist roots. However I think it is disappointing that many high profile Labour MPs have refused to serve in his Shadow Cabinet as it shows lack of unity within the party. Corbyn gained 59.5% of the vote, winning by a landslide, and MPs must respect who the majority of Labour supporters voted for. Mr Corbyn gave a very passionate speech after being elected which undoubtedly gave me hope for the future of the party, and the country. Mr Corbyn’s first act as Labour leader will be in attending a ‘Refugees Welcome’ event, urging the government to do more about the crisis.
I would like to wish Mr Corbyn all the best of luck and wish him every success in his time as leader of the party. I’d also like to thank and congratulate Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall on running fair and positive campaigns. Some of the abuse aimed at them during the campaign has been totally unacceptable and has no place in politics. I am sure we will see Andy in a senior position in the party once again, either as Shadow Chancellor or Shadow Health Secretary again. I would like to see Yvette Cooper return to her position as Shadow Home Secretary, something which she does very well, and I’m in no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn will offer her the role once again. Despite Liz Kendall refusing to serve in Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, I would like to see her as Shadow Business Secretary. If we are going to unite the party, we need to see a variety of MPs working in Mr Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet so we can be a strong force in opposition. I look forward to watching Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday and seeing how Mr Corbyn and his party perform!