After a gut-wrenching summer my choice is now clear. How can I, a Jew and a Zionist, remain in a party where the leadership is so clearly hostile to Israel (even to its very existence) and which also flirts with antisemitism? In the end it was an easy decision, but that makes it none the less painful.
With hundreds of his own MPs having no confidence in his leadership, Jeremy Corbyn is simply incapable of uniting his own party, let alone leading the country. But whilst it would be easy to sit back and watch Labour continue to tear itself apart, we in the Conservative Party have a duty to expose just how dangerous, expensive, and downright reckless the policies that they offer now are.
Now that the coup is over, media hoo-hah should start to die down a little bit about Corbyn and, now he's the Labour leader once more, it will be far easier for Jeremy's vision, message and policies to reach the wider electorate should he campaign effectively. I've confidence that as Jeremy's message pushes further into the public eye, much of the electorate will begin to realise that they support most of what Jeremy plans for the country.
No one has to remain a member of Labour, should you disagree with the path the party is taking any member has the right to stop their support. Many decent Labour members did just that under Tony Blair, many others will take the same decision now. The time, for me at least, to stop supporting the party has come with the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn.
I want to thank the volunteers on my campaign, on Owen Smith's campaign, and to Owen himself and to all the Party staff who worked so hard over the summer. It has been an amazing summer all over Britain our Labour family facing the future. And I will do everything I can to repay that trust and that support to bring our party together to make it an engine of progress for our country and the people that depend on the Labour Party to protect their interests and win power to deliver real change. Elections are passionate and partisan affairs things are often said in the heat of the debate on all sides that we later regret. But always remember in our party, we have much more in common than that which divides us. As far as I'm concerned the slate is wiped clean from today.
The leadership campaign may be over but for Labour the real work now begins. Labour MPs had our say before the summer. Labour members had their say over the summer. Now it's time to give our full attention to the public. The immediate imperative is to deal with the divisions of the campaign. A political Party that argues with itself is unable to take the argument to the wider electorate... So we need the basis for a fresh start for Labour's frontbench, to put behind us the stand-off between Labour MPs and Leader. The responsibility to do so lies with both.
So Corbyn has done it. After a year of bullying and vile comments centered towards him, he has won the Leadership Election with a 61.8% share of the vote, which means his mandate has increased from 59.5%.
It might be all over for Brangelina but pop culture and politics is the power couple that's here to stay. It is perhaps a headline more suited to tab...
Labour is struggling to hold on to its former voters who wanted Brexit, according to the last YouGov/Times survey before the Labour leadership election result is announced... Looking at why former Labour voters are now reluctant to vote Labour again lays the problem clearly at Jeremy Corbyn's door. More than seven in ten (71%) 2015 Labour voters said that they won't vote Labour again because they don't think that Corbyn would make a good Prime Minister. A majority also said that they doubted Labour would be able to form a competent government, and that the party doesn't represent their views.
The government's mental health strategy, like its 'plan' for a seven-day NHS, amounts to telling the NHS to do more work without the finance to implem...
There are too many people today experiencing mental health problems who can only access help when they have already reached crisis point. We need investment in prevention, early diagnosis and intervention. We cannot ignore the ticking time bomb that is the product of stripping out so much early intervention. Theresa May acknowledged this during her first speech as Prime Minister, when she said, "If you suffer from mental health problems, there's not enough help to hand." It is vital that our new Prime Minister steps in and makes sure that mental health services get the funding they so desperately need.
The right of the Labour Party, for all its doom-stricken expressions and angry attacks on Corbyn and his adherents, is in fact being insufficiently pessimistic. They seem to think that if they replace their leader with a balding, uncharismatic, middle-class technocrat, it will be sufficient to avert the collapse of the Labour electoral coalition, ride out the politically destabilising effects of Brexit, and confront the emerging problem of a new fascism that could define the future of western politics. Myself, I shall stick with Corbyn.
Fundamentally, I am voting for Corbyn because I support his policies and his leadership. I did so a year ago and I still do today. I respect the fact that his political track record of over thirty years of public service shows prescience and integrity.
Rebel MPs claim Corbyn is uncommunicative, makes policy announcements without consulting shadow Ministers and that he hides behind a praetorian guard of advisers. Perhaps, the most personally hurtful allegation is that he is more out of touch with his fellow MPs than Tony Blair ever was. Winning the leadership election will not deal with these concerns. And, as a past rebel, Jeremy Corbyn knows that relying on the power of the whips or the threat of de-selection does not secure loyalty. Corbyn needs the active support of the Parliamentary Party from here until the next election if he is to be Prime Minister. Threatening de-selection or, even worse doing it, will create more enemies. Despite these problems Corbyn retains the capacity to surprise...
After months of controversy, bullying and disaster for Labour, the ballot has closed. On Saturday this whole sorry saga will come to an end as the new Leader of the Opposition, and therefore Labour, is announced.
Recently the back bumper on my car sustained a few cracks as a result of a minor accident. I took the car to the dealer's garage. I was told that the bumper needed to be replaced at an extortionate cost. Not only that but also the car had to be taken to another city for that to be done. I said I would think about it.