As the competition to become the next Labour Leader increases in intensity, it is interesting to see the manoeuvring and commentary from all sides of the political spectrum. I am however, disheartened to see negative campaigning from some quarters within the Labour party.
Campaign for your chosen candidate, by all means, but not by producing guff that could have come straight from the pens of Guido, Dale or the Bear. I have heard snide comments and read deliberately damaging remarks on blogs and Twitter, some under the faux innocence of “I'm just saying!”.
The Labour party is in a period of huge transition. Most members I know are ready for this and are looking forward to the beginning of a new era. It is a time of hope within the party and with the number of new members joining us, whoever becomes leader must give us an inclusive, truly democratic organisation. One where members matter and know that they really do have a voice when it comes to the important issues, such as policy and selection of candidates.
Whoever the members choose to lead us, should be someone who understands the true meaning of representation. What we do not need is a Manager. We must protect the spirit of democracy and ensure that it is seen to be an integral element of our party's core constitution.
We can return a future strong Labour government, only if we are united as a party. Our strength is in our ability to debate and discuss, this is how the Labour party has survived - we have always been a broad church of members who share a common belief in fairness for all.
No matter who we would like to see as leader, every one of those who have put their name forward is worthy of our consideration, all have the desire to make a difference and all are committed to restoring fairness to our society.