Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel! There is no hiding the fact that the last few years have been difficult for all of us involved in centre-left politics here in the UK and across mainland Europe. Whilst some in the Labour Party, an organisation that I joined and campaigned for since 2011, boasted about being the largest socialist political party in Europe, the stark reality is that we were punished by voters for our own, self-indulgent behaviour – suffering one of the biggest electoral defeats since 1935.
I am pleased that over the past few months our members, many of who were inspired to join the party by Jeremy Corbyn, have reflected on the reasons behind why we lost and have decided to entrust Keir Starmar MP (Holborn and St Pancras) to lead us to victory. Keir is a former Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service. More background on Keir here.
Keir ‘smashed it’ by winning 56.2 per cent of the vote share or put another way a whopping 275,780 votes from members, registered supporters and affiliated members under the same one-person-one-vote system used to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader in 2015 and 2016. He will be joined by Angela Rayner MP (Ashton-under-Lyne) who was voted in as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party with a respectable 52.6 per cent of the vote. Angela’s political career began when she became a trade union representative for Unison while working as a care worker in Stockport. Learn more about Angela here.
I am also delighted that my good friend Gurinder Singh Josan CBE has been successfully elected to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Labour Party by securing 57,361 votes and topping the ballot. Gurinder has a proud record of serving the Labour Party as an activist, former Councillor and as vice-chair of Sikhs4Labour. He is also a director of anti-racism/anti-fascism campaign group Hope not Hate.
It’s been a bruising few years for us but onwards and upwards, comrades.