With Gordon Brown having gained 308 nominations from Labour MPs, it is now mathematically impossible for me to reach the nominations I require to stand.
There will not now be an election.
Naturally I congratulate Gordon and wish him every success in Government, but it is a great shame that Labour Party members and affiliates will now not be allowed a vote on the leader of their party or the party’s future direction.
I am disappointed for all those Labour Party members who worked so had for the party campaigning to get us elected that they have been denied an opportunity of participating in a democratic election for the leader of this party.
I had hoped by standing I would have given them a voice in this crucial decision.
The demand from Labour Party members to debate the issues that confront our country will not go away and we will continue to campaign for a democratic say in that debate.
Cartoon animation on this here.
That had already become apparent at earlier occasions, like when at a party conference, Blair’s thugs dragged away octogenarian critical Labour party delegate Walter Wolfgang as a “terrorist” …
There will now be a coronation of Gordon Brown, not a democratic election.
A very bad beginning for Brown.