‘Most obvious is just how catastrophic our defeat was. While neither the Conservatives nor the Lib Dems triumphed alone, large parts of England have little or no Labour representation, and our share of the vote in many regions was tiny. Records were broken on seats lost and swings suffered. An unfair electoral system and good results in Scotland gave us a lot of MPs, but can't disguise how badly we lost.’
Labour must reach that conclusion collectively if it is to recover. It will be interesting to see what Ed Balls says when he eventually declares his candidature for the leadership.