I have received this form Rebecca Long-Bailey:

From: Rebecca Long-Bailey <rebecca@rebeccaforleader.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 7:26 PM
To: Secretary
Subject: Why I am seeking your CLP’s nomination

Dear Philip,

CLP Secretaries are the unsung heroes of the Party, often committing significant time to ensuring local members are kept informed about key meetings, events, and campaigning sessions. Thank you for all you do to keep our movement strong.

I am just getting in touch to ask that your CLP consider nominating me for the leadership of the Labour Party in your upcoming meeting.

Like all Labour members, I am devastated we lost the election. After a decade of Conservative government we face entrenched inequality, 4 million children growing up in poverty, a climate emergency and an emboldened far right.

We had a chance to help turn back the tide, but we failed. The starting point in the leadership election is to be honest and self-critical about why and then look forward and forge our path to power.

We lost trust with voters – over Brexit, over antisemitism, over a lack of unity in our party and because we failed to set out a convincing narrative for what we would do in government.

We have to learn the lessons of this but we can’t despair. We have another round of elections in May and the escalating crises we face mean that building a winning vision of a socialist future has never been so urgent.

My vision is one of a democratic, aspirational and decarbonised society that hands wealth and power back to ordinary people. I believe we can build a green, democratic future that bridges the deep divides in our electoral coalition.

But we must democratise our party and we must embrace radical democratic reform in the country, taking power out of Westminster. In the words of the great Nye Bevan: “the purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.”

This is my ambition – an aspirational socialist democratic future that can unite the country and build our path back to power.

But this vision depends on a party that can win. Over the next four years we must democratise and professionalise our party so members are empowered at every level and you have the support you need to organise and win. We need a new leadership team who can end the infighting at the top of the party, bring all parts of our movement together and stand united in our opposition of the Tories, both at the despatch box and on the picket line.

I hope your CLP will consider supporting me. It would also be fantastic if you could let my campaign know the details of your nomination meeting by responding to this email so that we can encourage as many Party members to attend as possible.

Finally, I’d like to invite you and your CLP members to my leadership campaign launch in Manchester this Friday. I want our members to be part of my campaign from day one: to hear my vision for the Labour Party and the country, and to contribute their questions and thoughts.

In solidarity,
Rebecca Long-Bailey

 

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