We believe Yvette is the only candidate who can reach out to all corners of the country
Today, council and Labour group leaders from across the country will get the chance to put questions to our four party leadership contenders at the local government hustings in Harrogate.
Ahead of this, as representatives of nations and regions across the UK, we wanted to set out why we believe Yvette Cooper is the only choice to lead Labour into the 2020 General Election.
The scale of our defeat on 7 May left all of us reeling. As councillors, many of us lost respected, talented colleagues as voters turned away from Labour. They felt unable to put their trust in us.
And turning things around, so we can make a real difference to people’s lives once again and return to government in five years’ time, is not going to be an easy task.
Firstly, we need a leader who can reach out to every corner of the country – someone who is as comfortable at a meeting with businesses as they are at the school gate, community centre or in a working men’s club.
As happy reading stories and playing with children at a primary school in Manchester as she is discussing small business growth in Rugby, or holding meetings with people on immigration in Thurrock.
Yvette was born in Scotland, but brought up in Hampshire. She represents a constituency in Yorkshire, her family is from the northern coalfields and her children go to school in London.
She is the candidate that can best reach out and appeal to those communities in every region who did not feel they could support Labour at the last election.
Yvette is also a great friend of Labour in local government and is well aware it is now the first line of defence for the communities we represent. We’ve been impressed and enthused by Yvette’s vision for and commitment to local government and greater powers at a local level.
Thirdly, we need someone with fresh ideas that meet the modern challenges we face. Yvette is the only candidate with plans to create the jobs of the future and harness the strength of the digital revolution for Britain.
She has called for a revolution in childcare, with universal free childcare for young children to give parents more choice about when to go back to work. And she has committed to making tackling child poverty a core mission of the Labour Party in the next decade.
Yvette has the determination and strength to rebuild business and bring opportunities to develop start-ups and new technology enterprises not just to our major cities, but to our towns too.
As well as demonstrating her clear vision for the future, she is not afraid to stand up and shout about our achievements as a Labour Party – and is the clear choice to lead us back to a place where we can continue to build on those and make a difference to the lives of those who need a Labour government.
Syed Enam Ahammad
Ralph Barker Barker
Inderjit Gugnani Singh
Ansar Ali Khan