Firstly I would like to congratulate you on winning your second leadership election with an even bigger mandate than the first time round. I will be honest here and say I did not vote for you but rather the challenger Owen Smith. I chose to support him not out of spite for you, but who I personally thought was the better person to lead Labour into government. That being said, I acknowledge your victory and the ever changing face of Labour and British politics.
I write to you today sir not out of despondency but rather with hope. I have not been a member for a long period of time but that was due to the circumstances of living abroad, than by choice. As soon as I returned permanently to the UK, Labour Party membership was one of the first things I did.
The labour party has always been a broad church of different views from the very first day it was formed. But instead of agonising over our differences, we have always celebrated them. You yourself are testimony to that very pillar of the Labour Party. For decades you have never seen eye to eye with the Labour leadership on a number of issues and have never hidden your views and opinions no matter what the consensus was at the time. Yet, you were part of what made Labour great. That throughout all our differences we could all unite under one banner for the betterment of the British people and all of mankind itself.
There are many concerns the almost two hundred thousand Labour members and supporters who voted against you have, and I cannot speak for any of them but myself. One of my primary concerns is the abuse so many of us faced when speaking out against you. I have written why I lost faith in your leadership and I stand by what I said but the torrent of personal abuse from people who disagreed with me was unbelievable. I do not agree with many of your policies sir but I would never deem it acceptable for me as a Labour Party member to abuse you or my fellow comrades. I acknowledge you yourself do not partake in personal abuse but unfortunately many of your supporters do. Whatever form this abuse takes it is unacceptable from any person or organisation affiliated with The Labour Party.
So I urge you, my leader, to call them out on it, stand up to loudly and clearly state for the record, any supporter of mine that partakes in abuse or personal attacks is no supporter of mine. To take a page out of Bernie Sanders book when his supporters booed Hillary Clinton he stopped them not by ordering it but rather with the frank knowledge that is easy to boo but how will you explain to your children about a Trump presidency. We are at the same crossroads as many of us fear of a Tory government for a generation.
My next biggest area of concern is the threats of deselection many Labour MPs are having to face from their local committees. I cannot fathom the reasoning for planning to deselect a winning MP. This is the time we need all the help we can get to enable us to have a majority in Parliament and talks of deselection will only move us backwards then to the future. These are MPs who we know have what it takes to beat the Tories as they have shown us, in some instances over and over again what is needed in the greatest test of all in politics: a general election, where it is the British people who make the ultimate decision. I understand with the new boundary commission changes soon to be enforced, the system is somewhat complicated to say the least, but again I urge you to reach out to these MPs to guarantee them their future in The Labour Party that they have dedicated their lives to.
I urge you Mr Corbyn, nay I must beg of you, unite this party for it is only our leader who has the power and ability to do so. Reach out to the 200,000 who did not vote for you to ensure they remain and fight for our place in British politics and society. By reaching out across the broad church of Labour values you will show those that doubt you that you indeed do have the ability to reach out to different swathes of the British electorate who would not naturally choose to support you. I ask you sir to lead by example and show us we were wrong to doubt you in the very first place.
Dr Aadil Patel