Keir is a thoroughly decent man, with assurance and gravitas so I am thrilled that he has been elected. This is great for Labour and really important for the country too.
The leadership contest was long but I think the constructive and positive tone was a credit to Labour. The party emerges united and at this time of national crisis ready to hold the government to account and offer a genuine alternative
The Coronavirus outbreak is the most serious public health crisis our country has faced in a generation. Our thoughts are with all those affected. Only today we got the terrible news of the death of Michael Wakelam, a lovely man many of you will know who was director of the Babraham Institute.
Our hearts goes out to all the frontline workers: in our NHS, our care sector, supermarkets, posties and elsewhere.
I am so proud of Cambridge. Our councillors are being fantastic and I had an amazing Zoom call last night with the groups that have sprung up to support the most vulnerable. The message was clear: many people are self-isolating, but, you are not alone.
Since the start of the crisis, Keir’s response has been constructive. He has asked the right questions: successfully pressing for an income guarantee scheme and better support for health and social care workers. He won’t shy away from calling out the government when it gets things wrong, but nor will he play politics with this issue.
I am also delighted that my good friend Angela Rayner has been elected as deputy leader. I know Angie well from my UNISON days and I know they will make a brilliant team.