Thursday 10 May 2007

Statement on Today's Events

Many people have contacted us to find out what the latest situation is, so I have set out below the statement we have agreed with Michael Meacher following our meeting today. As you can see from the statement, we are trying to ensure that a candidate is decided by Monday based upon the assessment of nominations received.

I'm confident that we can get there, and I am so pleased and so grateful at all the messages of support that have poured into my office. Everyone at the campaign has been really moved by this show of solidarity. Thanks.

I also want you all to know this that I am doing my best.

"As agreed, the campaign teams for Michael Meacher and John McDonnell have met to assess the level of support for each candidate. The outcome is that the issue is too close to call at the moment and a number of clarifications need to be made.

The good news for the Labour Party is that there is clearly sufficient support to ensure that a leadership candidate will come forward from the Centre-Left.

The Campaign Teams will reconvene on Monday to clarify which candidate goes forward from the Centre-Left. There will be a press conference late in the afternoon. Time and venue tbc."