Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn congratulates new Labour leader Corbyn

Prime minister, It is with great pride and joy that we acknowledge your election as our Prime Minister, and congratulate you on your landslide victory. Throughout our recent three years in coalition, we were…

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn congratulates new Labour leader Corbyn

Prime minister,

It is with great pride and joy that we acknowledge your election as our Prime Minister, and congratulate you on your landslide victory. Throughout our recent three years in coalition, we were privileged to have consulted with you, as well as with a number of your election rivals.

In your new role, you have many important challenges ahead of you. Your first responsibility as Prime Minister will be to form a cabinet with a strong collective spirit and an open mind, one that will embrace the range of skills and talents that we have in our party.

You have said that your primary aim will be to serve all of the United Kingdom, and we share that ambition.

As the coalition began we faced immediate challenges: from the second world war to 1997, each new government had come in with a mandate for sweeping change, at a time of economic and social change, but for us it was also about connecting with voters in regional towns and villages, of all parties, across the nation.

We all agreed that this had to be achieved by a 21st century centre-left government that would reimagine how we governed Britain.

The 2010 election introduced and emboldened many people to vote for left-of-centre parties. For them, I believe, it offered a real opportunity to change the way that politics worked. I believe this process is continuing. In 2015, the Conservative Party created a huge coalition of well-educated, prosperous, well-to-do voters. Now they want to change politics again. And remember, at the 2015 election it was already clear that an even greater majority in the House of Commons would come to power for the Conservative Party in 2020. We already had the means to form a government and Labour knew it, because you called us the “Tories in waiting”.

But many people are now despairing at the lack of any real challenge to power from within the established parties. They are sick of the establishment and fed up with what they see as a lopsided, controlled and directionless politics. They want MPs to take politics seriously and look at modernising the party and even the politics of our country.

The alternative is the SNP in full cry, unyielding on its own agenda, and led by Nicola Sturgeon, who, after the success of her party, is not seen as an obstacle to the Prime Minister’s path to Number 10. Nicola was one of the most respected women in our party, but over the last four years her behaviour has brought her and her party into disrepute, and eroded our party’s collective courage, unity and coherence.

Now, you have the opportunity to renew our party, and rebuild our democracy by appointing MPs and supporters to your team. This means rejecting the cautious, subservient approach to the past, and adopting a more radical and proactive approach to the future.

We have achieved something extraordinary over the last three years, but the election has now come to an end. Now our responsibility to you, our leader, is to step up and build a new administration based on a broad and inclusive coalition of democrats, voters and young people, which will bridge the divide between our supporters and our opponents.

I am confident in you and in your team. If you are as confident in your government team, our two parties should set aside our differences and work together to shape our nation. Together we can show the way for all politicians.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Corbyn

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