I’ve written for PoliticsHome today setting out why Keir’s vision for a fairer society is one I share, which is why I gladly accepted his offer to continue serving in his shadow cabinet. Like me, I know he wants our country to come out of this crisis rebuilt so that it serves the people the Labour party was created to deliver for.
Labour got battered at the general election, losing millions of voters, including in communities that have long supported us. Now in opposition, again, we must pick ourselves up and start the long and difficult process of forming a renewed contract with voters. As part of this we mustn’t shy away from continuing to study the reasons for our defeat, many of which went way beyond the question of the party leadership.
As the shadow minster for Voter Engagement and Young People I look forward to being able to work with the new shadow cabinet to make progress in rebuilding trust and setting out that vision for a fairer society. Because we cannot emerge out of this crisis with more of the same in our country, and we can’t move forward with business as usual from the Labour Party either.
Now is the time to be bold and I hope that everyone with progressive values can work with us to make sure that at the next election, whenever that comes, we can have won back trust from the votes we lost this time and to have built new relationships with millions more, delivering a Labour government that can build a stronger, fairer and happier Britain.
You can read my full report here: