One of the things I’ve learnt about politics is that it’s a rollercoaster.
Another is that it’s important to acknowledge mistakes. I made one this week. For that I apologise. It was never my intention to argue entitlement to a share of the votes.
I have to earn votes. Whether it be personally or for the Party. And I’ll be judged, along with everyone else standing on November 26.
Labour has a proud history. The essence of being Labour is at the core of my being and I will always be Labour. It’s much bigger and more important than me.
I don’t want to relitigate the issue here. Though it’s important to keep the conversation going.
I am and remain committed to open-ness and transparency in communication with you all. Even if it’s painful.
I am a fighter. I care about the people I represent and the reasons for representing them. I want our country to be strong and proud. And I’ll fight for the policies and for a government that will benefit all of us.
And I don’t always get it right.