Like the vast majority of Labour MPs, I remain deeply committed to our Party. I believe that the Labour Party is the only political party which has achieved greater equality and social justice in our country. I strongly believe that our Party needs to be in government so it can make the difference to people’s lives that is so desperately needed.

We have always been a broad church and there have always been some disagreements over policy. However, we do have to address some of the criticisms that were levelled yesterday, particularly about the way in which the party

is dealing with anti-Semitic abuse and bullying.

Brexit has not been easy for any of the main political parties. There are divisions in our party, but they are nothing compared to the divisions in the Conservative Party. We will have further crucial votes on Brexit next

week and in March. I believe that Labour MPs are stronger if we stick together as much as we possibly can. This is not an easy situation for any MP. The referendum result was a narrow victory for leaving the EU but it
was silent on how we should leave.

As a member of the Exiting the EU Select Committee, we have heard so much evidence over the last two and half years about the complexity of leaving the EU and the dangers to our economy of no deal. Understandably many people

are worried about Brexit and the impact on their day-to-day lives, regardless of whether they voted to leave or remain.

My preference is that MPs should sort out the mess that the Government has created and I believe that there will need to be an extension of article 50 beyond March. I have argued strongly in Parliament against leaving without

a deal. However, if we continue to face a deadlock in Parliament, putting the question back to the people might be the only way through.

Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss any of these issues with me