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Time to unite to fight the Tories

After a bruising leadership challenge over the summer, Ian Bissell, Canonbury ward, appeals for the Labour Party to now unite to fight the Tories and build the support needed to win the next election. 

The dust has now settled on the second leadership campaign in less than a year. It was a bruising campaign and the division in our Party has not helped our cause. The country is bitterly divided after the narrow victory of the Leave campaign in the EU referendum, and the Tory Party having anointed its new leader.

Racism and intolerance is on the rise and the Tory Government is on a path to severely damaging our economy as it marches relentlessly to the tune of Euroscepticism.

Despite Theresa May’s conference rhetoric of wanting to build “a country that works for everyone”, the behaviour of the Government has not changed one iota and increasingly looks as if it has taken on the mantle of Ukip.

Jeremy Corbyn won a decisive victory in the Labour leadership challenge with 62% of the vote and a majority across all categories of supporters – members, registered supporters and trade union affiliates. During his campaign Jeremy set out ten pledges to rebuild and transform Britain.

  1. Full employment and an economy that works for all
  2. A secure homes guarantee
  3. Security at work
  4. To secure our NHS and social care
  5. A national education service, open to all
  6. Action to secure our environment
  7. To put the “public” back into our economy and services
  8. To cut inequality in income and wealth
  9. Action to secure an equal society
  10. To put peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy

Although more detail is needed to turn the pledges into the basis for policy and an election manifesto, surely they would be supported by everyone in the Party? As the late Jo Cox said: “Far more unites us than divides us.” No matter whom you supported in the leadership challenge, it is now time to unite, to draw on talent across the Party, and to fight the Tories.

It is time to take leadership: to defend our communities against the Tory onslaught; to protect our economy, jobs and hard-won rights as we negotiate a new deal with Europe; and to build the support needed to win the next election so that we can transform Britain into a tolerant and welcoming country where no-one and no community is left behind. 

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