An open letter to all trade unionists and socialists in the Parliamentary Labour Party:

Dear friends,

You know as well as I do that whatever the merits of the other candidates in the leadership race may be, these things are undeniably true:

There is only one anti-austerity candidate.

There is only one candidate who is proud to back trade unionists whenever they take industrial action.

There is only one candidate who will argue the case for public ownership of our railway network and utilities.

There is only one candidate who will state that we must tackle the housing crisis by bringing in rent controls and commit our party to to a proper programme of building social housing.

There is only one candidate who believes that the minimum wage must be a living wage.

There is only one candidate who will say that education must be a universal right.

There is only one candidate who stands for peace, opposes Trident and stands in solidarity with people struggling against injustice throughout the world.

And I know that in your heart of hearts, you believe in all of these things too, because these are the values which define our movement.

That candidate is Jeremy Corbyn MP and he deserves your support to get him on the ballot paper. Having such a voice in the Labour leadership debates can only be of benefit to our movement and you have a responsibility to ensure that it happens.

Yours, in solidarity,

Paul Simpson

North West Durham CLP

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