The European parliament election results were deeply disappointing. After three years of Tory failure to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole country, these elections became a proxy second referendum.
I want to thank all our members and candidates who campaigned in these tough elections to bring our country together. We will now be having conversations across our party and movement, and reflect on the results on both sides of the Brexit divide.
With the Conservatives disintegrating and unable to govern, and parliament deadlocked, this issue will now have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote.
Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party are determined to crash out of the EU, with all the damage and chaos that will cause. And we cannot let another unelected and hard right Tory prime minister push our country into a disastrous No Deal Brexit.
We can and we must defeat Farage and his snake oil politics. Help us make a start in Peterborough where we are fighting a vital by-election on 6 June.
Join me and other members of Shadow Cabinet on Saturday to campaign in support of Labour’s Lisa Forbes.
I’ll campaign in Peterborough this Saturday
Our country is more divided than ever. Labour must bring people together so we can end austerity, tackle inequality and give hope to our young people. That must be our relentless focus in everything we do.