It has been a difficult start to the week for the Labour Party. I am deeply saddened by the news that a group of MPs have left the party.
I believe that a government based on core Labour values is the best way to deliver the change we need in our society. We need to be unified and effective.
One of our great strengths has always been our diversity and acceptance. We cannot allow people to feel as though they are being forced out of our party. I am concerned that those colleagues who have left represent frustrations many are feelings at present. I am referring particularly to the anti-Semitic behaviour that has been present in our party, but also our position on Brexit.
The Labour Party must take all necessary steps to re-establish the confidence of Jewish members and reassure the Jewish community it is welcomed and supported by our party.
We must also honour the commitment we have made to our members at Party Conference and now begin actively campaigning for a public vote on the final terms of Brexit.
We need to reflect on how our party can continue to be the broad church that we know can win power and deliver our ideals in government.
The Labour Party has underpinned my life in south east London and particularly in Lewisham East. I know it has for many of you too. I have seen how, at its best, Labour can help our community achieve its potential. It is a means by which power, wealth, equal opportunity and social justice can be accessible and attainable. I have carried these values with me as a social worker, as a local councillor, a council cabinet member, a mother and now as a Member of Parliament.
My continued focus is on representing Lewisham East in Parliament, guided by these important values, and I am grateful for your continued support.