Today, as Labour resumes campaigning in the General Election, I wanted to reach out to you, as a member of our party — and of our Labour family.
Our nation has been united in shock and grief. But as I watched thousands of people coming together in Albert Square in Manchester, I saw unwavering defiance too.
This attack sought to divide us, and instead we sent a powerful message of solidarity and of love. We saw so much evidence of our humanity: from the people we ask to protect us in the emergency services; from those who rushed towards the carnage to comfort the dying or offered lifts home and places to stay; from those gathered the following day in Albert Square.
So for the rest of this election campaign all of us need to stand together and we need to stand up for democracy.
Because when we talk about British values, including tolerance and mutual support, democracy is at the very heart of them.
And our General Election campaigns are the centrepieces of our democracy — rallies, debates, campaigning in marketplaces, knocking on doors, listening to people on their streets, at their workplaces and in their homes.
So many of you are already a part of this incredible campaign. If you’d like to join us this weekend you can sign up here.
Together, we will be stronger. Together we can build a Britain worthy of those who died and those who have inspired us all in Manchester this week.