So still waiting my ballot papers for the Labour leadership election, and a little while after an Owen Smith message, one from Jeremy Corbyn drops into my inbox
Our party is now at a crucial moment: do we look forwards toward taking on the Tories, winning and forming a Government or do we turn back to the same old failed ways of doing things that lost two General Elections.
From today, you and other members should start to receive your ballot papers to decide who leads our party.
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I first joined our party for the same reason as most members. I knew we had to elect a Labour government if we wanted to create a country — and a world — very different to the one we have.
All my life I've lived by my values; defined by a belief in social justice, an economy that puts people first, good wages so people can live in dignity, human rights for all and a foreign policy based on peace and respect. I have never strayed from them and you can trust I never will.
These are the values that will take our party back to power.
Under my leadership, Labour has become the biggest party in Europe, and is still growing. Our party's finances are healthier than ever before. We are no longer beholden to corporate donors, but funded by the ordinary people we seek to serve. We will use our resources to organise in every part of this country to take the fight to the Tories.
We will be the most innovative, effective and formidable campaigning force our country has ever seen, using the talents, skills and knowledge of all of our members. We will be ready for a general election, whenever it may come.
We need a principled, reforming Labour government to rebuild and transform Britain, so that no one and no community is left behind. We are laying out that agenda, underpinned by our fiscal credibility rule, so we can invest to grow the economy. We've set out those plans in our ten pledges to rebuild and transform Britain.
In Parliament, I am determined to reach out the hand of friendship and solidarity to my Labour colleagues. Our members, our communities, our country, are calling on us to unite and do what we are elected to do — take on the Tories.
If you trust me to stay true to our party's values, and oppose the Tories at every turn, then vote for a party where hope is not just expected, but demanded.
Together we can win power to rebuild and transform Britain, so that no one and no community is left behind.
Yours in friendship,
[My reply? That'll do for me!]
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