Angry doesn’t even get close. But I am not angry for me. I am angry for those communities and individuals we have let down.
The election results are awful and there can be no running away from that. No dressing the results up as being ok or blaming the weather, Brexit, lack of seats on trains or the wrong type of voter.
The results must be owned by the leadership and their inner group.
Leadership is a huge issue and although it is impossible in the current political climate to translate this into a definite general election outcome – the warning is there and it couldn’t be clearer that rallies, twitter storms and disowning our record when in government is a huge turn-off for voters.
Labour are at our best when we are radical, forward looking and inclusive – this means a centre left offer that meets the aspirations of the electorate and not small cliques and protest groups.
It doesn’t mean that we simply dress up 1997 New Labour it means refreshing New Labour and making it fit for now and the next ten years.
Perhaps most importantly we need to understand (once again) that to bring about change, to have a Britain based on our values we need to be electable and that winning elections has to be at the heart of everything the Party does.
If we can’t do that we will continue to lose.
Tonight we need to be humble and apologise to those who will suffer as a direct result of the actions of the current leadership and his team.
It also saddens me that so many decent Labour Cllrs and candidates have been let down so badly and more than ever we need to accept that the warnings of the 172 MPs in the PLP were right.
This doesn’t translate as all those in the Labour Party who believed in Jeremy Corbyn are monsters. It doesn’t mean they need to leave – he has let them down.
He promised to take the fight to the SNP in Scotland – he didn’t – he gifted Scottish seats to the Tories.
He said the fight back starts here and pushed our local election campaign in Harlow – result we lost seats to the Tories.
It is time to say enough is enough!
We can rebuild and win back trust but not with the current leader.
He might be well meaning. He may have stood against apartheid (didn’t we all!) I am sure that he has supported many important campaigns.
But none of that matters now – it is now clear that he cannot win the support of the electorate and he has to take responsibility and go and go quickly!