We both love the Labour Party.
I have worked for it for twenty years and you for far longer. We know we owe it everything and it owes us nothing.
I owe it to our Party to say what I believe no matter how hard that may. I now believe your continued leadership makes a Conservative victory more not less likely
It calls for a government that measures itself by how it treats the poorest in society. Those are our values, not David Cameron's.
We therefore owe it to our country to give it a real choice. We need to show that we are prepared to fight to be a credible government and have the courage to offer an alternative future.
I am not seeking the leadership, nor acting with anyone else. My actions are my own considered view, nothing more.
Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving.
Rt Hon James Purnell MP