I am, and always have been, an unashamed, unapologetic supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and Labour's Manifesto 'For the many, not the few'.
Whilst not outright victory, the result of the General Election was historic. Never again can Jeremy Corbyn be called a vote loser. Never again can a left wing manifesto be called 'fantasy land politics'.
Celebrate, then organise!
It is my firm belief that one of the objectives of the National Labour Link Committee should be to play a pivotal role in ensuring that MPs, the NEC and the internal structures of the Labour Party do not undermine the Labour Leadership ever again.
We need unity now, probably, more than ever before.
Whilst I am proud that our National Labour Link Committee and the South West Region supported our Labour Leader, my decision to stand in this election is due to my disappointment that our South West representative on the National Labour Link Committee did not support the nomination of Jeremy Corbyn in the second leadership contest.
We have made great strides during the General Election and we should celebrate the advances that we have made on the back of an anti-austerity, pro-public services manifesto. However, the battle has only just begun - there is a world still to win!
BALLOT PAPERS BEING SENT OUT FROM 9th AUGUST