Friday, June 5, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn: An open letter to potential nominators

Dear _________,

I am writing in the hope that you might consider lending your support to Jeremy Corbyn for inclusion in the Labour leadership ballot.

Since Jeremy announced his candidacy, there has been an enormous surge in interest in the leadership campaign. The debate around the future of the Labour party has been reinvigorated thanks to the renewed potential for members and supporters to vote for a candidate who offers real change.

Only Jeremy Corbyn has the potential to boost Labour's appeal to young people, and to those who are currently disengaged with party politics because they feel it has little to offer and see few reasons to favour one party over another. Social media is but one measure of appeal, but it is an indication of the excitement around the possibility of real change that Jeremy offers that just 48 hours after his announcement over 10,000 people had engaged with the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader Facebook page, more than double the number who have 'liked' any other candidate's page.

Only Jeremy Corbyn offers a clear anti-austerity message. Unlike any of the other four candidates, Corbyn represents real change from the conservative consensus that there is no alternative to cuts to public services and the widening and deepening of divisions in society between the haves and have-nots and between the well and the unwell.

Jeremy Corbyn has demonstrated throughout his political career that he is unimpeachably principled and utterly genuine. He is the credible candidate – the one who can restore the British people's greatly damaged faith in politics.

For these reasons and more, it is imperative that the members and supporters of the Labour party be given the opportunity to vote for Jeremy Corbyn. Please, in your capacity as Labour MP, do what you can to make sure they have that opportunity.


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