The Labour Party is electing a new leader and deputy leader. We want as many people as possible to have their say, so we are doing things differently this time.
In the past we have elected our leadership team, and then introduced them to the public. This time we are introducing the contenders to the public first.
Labour is the first political party to invite people to have their say in who should lead our party.
We need the right leader, a leader who can lead us forward to a General Election victory the country will, we believe, need more than ever. So no more asking ourselves, who do we like? That was the wrong question. We will ask, who does the country like?
Anyone who is a supporter can register to have their say. And your say will have as much weight as mine. One voice, one vote.
And we are going to go further.
I remember when we elected our leader in 2010. There were comradely and well-organised hustings packed with party members. Not this time.
We want you to have the chance to see who is best. Who can convince you with their vision of the future and their competence on the economy? Who do you think has the best qualities and leadership skills to lead our country?
You can see the hustings on television to help you decide. Not in a cosy interview, but being grilled by a studio audience with tough questions.
And we won’t just hold hustings in our Labour heartlands. We are coming back to Swindon here in the South West, which has two seats we didn’t win, to ask local people to be brutally honest about what they want from us. This process is not merely electing a new leader and deputy leader, but the beginning of helping to rebuild our connections with a public that rejected us seats across the region and across the country.
The Labour Party has an important job to do.
With all the commitment and energy we brought to the election campaign, we will hold this Government to account as a robust opposition. On protecting disability benefits, increasing your standard of living, 30 hours of free childcare, and buying your own home, Labour will make sure they keep the promises they made to you.
As we do this, we will let the public in and elect a leader who can lead not just the Labour party but the whole country.
I invite you to be a part of it.
Harriet Harman MP
Interim leader of The Labour Party