Can I begin by thanking everyone who voted in the General Election. I was delighted to be re-elected me as your Member of Parliament for a third time, and I promise to work hard for everyone in Wakefield no matter who they voted for!
Nationally, millions of Labour voters were disappointed that Labour did not win the General Election, and I was sorry to lose my friend and colleague Ed Balls in Morley and Outwood. I am sorry for the people in Wakefield who I know will continue to struggle with poverty, poor housing and limited opportunities. We let you down.
We lost the General Election because people did not trust us with the economy. That must change. That is why I am standing to be leader of the Labour Party – to earn back the trust that Britain has lost in the Labour Party.
There must be no no-go areas for Labour. I want to rebuild the party so that it speaks to everyone in Britain and is a party where aspiration, economic competence and compassion go hand in hand. The country will need strong Labour voices in Parliament to hold this government to account.
I want to earn back the trust of the people in Wakefield and beyond who voted UKIP, because their communities have been hit hard by globalisation, immigration and loss of manufacturing industries.
I want Britain to embraces the low carbon, green future and lead the world. Britain needs to be a high skill, high wage economy to win in the global race. The jobs our children will do have not yet been invented. Ten years ago the gaming, digital and renewable industries were in their infancy. Labour must reach out to the UK’s 5 million innovative small businesses, startups and self-employed tradesmen and women, who are the backbone of our economy.
Local councils need the tools to build the homes, transport and skills infrastructure they need so towns, cities and counties can grow and succeed. The Conservatives have agreed city region deals for some areas but not all areas. That’s not fair.
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