Hitchin & Harpenden CLP members have their say on the leadership issue
As the school year came to an end and Labour Party families started to think about their summer holidays, we met together on a fantastically well attended July evening to discuss our views on who should be the next leader of the Labour Party.
The funny thing is that whilst people seem content to bite lumps out of each other on social media, at our meeting every voice was heard, people were listened to with respect and nobody seemed unduly upset at the conclusion that the meeting came to.
Of course the group response is irrelevant in a way, since the election over the next few weeks will be conducted on a one member one vote basis. But it was still interesting to get a collective view.
All four of the candidates had their supporters and people spoke in favour of Liz Kendal, Jeremy Corbyn, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper. So many people were keen to have their say that we weren’t able to get round to discussing the deputy leadership campaign until it was really too late to start all over again.
People spoke with passion and real conviction, and at the end of the evening Yvette Cooper emerged as Hitchin and Harpenden's favoured candidate.
No-one sulked, as far as I could see, took their bat home, or got cross. There was a real sense that we are all Labour Party members, we all believe in a just and fair society which gives equal opportunities to all, and we all need to support whoever emerges as our leader on 12 September.
I do hope we all manage to stick to that belief when the result is announced