Dear Insert Name Here
#BBCbias #ImWithCorbyn #jessphillips
I have read all the resignation letters including yours and I want to understand what you mean by what you have written. I understand you intend to depose Jeremy Corbyn and you feel Jeremy is thinking about himself and not about you and others.
This puzzles me because most reports about Jeremy suggest that he is kind and selflessly determined to serve the disadvantaged and not as you suggest.
My understanding is that Jeremy has served for a lifetime without ever coveting a ministerial position anything like the one he gave you.
However you have implied the opposite that Jeremy is self-serving. This would certainly have hurt him if it were untrue so what is the evidence upon which you rely?
You wrote "you have made this (remaining elected leader against my wishes) all about you (Corbyn) and not about them (British people)"
Jess Philips, please read yourself. If your resignation letter says anything it says, look at me Jess Phillips. My job is at risk. I am in jeopardy.
You wrote "Writing or saying anything against you (Corbyn) risks my (Jess Phiilips) job, the livelihood of my family"
Do you really want to compare your risk with that of Corbyn’s, or indeed mine or anyone else’s?
Are you saying you took a ministerial job to pay your gas bill?
I am not picking on you. I intend to write to all Labour MPs that have gathered collectively and agreed to vilify Jeremy Corbyn and ignore the will of the Labour Party membership.
This is certainly not about Jess Phillips.
You also tweeted that you quit because Lucy quit. If Lucy goes to pee, do you follow her into the toilet?
I understand you failed to follow Jeremy’s lead and declined to vote against the 2015 Tory Welfare cuts bill, that disadvantaged poor and disabled recipients.
I feel a bit silly writing to resign from my position as the Parliamentary Private Secretary in your Shadow Education Team. It seems a bit grand, being as I'm sure most people don't pay the position I had any mind at all, but apparently it is what we do.
I want to thank you for, in the most part responding to me, if I had questions. You haven't had an easy ride, you remained calm throughout.
My main concern is that I'm not sure how good you are at using what people say or need to enact change. I think in this time of huge shifts the opposition must be at its strongest and its best. Saying stuff won't cut it. We are going to need strong heads, open flexible hearts and detailed forensic wits.
Writing or saying anything against you risks my job, the livelihood of my family, the threats are already rolling in. Turns out when you stand up for what you believe you are principled when I do it I am an opportunist, careerist, Blairite or even a Zionist plotter. Funny that I am a socialist. I live my life as a socialist. I speak up regardless of the risk because I am considerably less important than the struggle.
I love being the MP in Yardley, never a day goes by when my constituents don't make me smile or make me want to stay up all night fighting their corner. I'd give it up tomorrow if I thought my going would rid my constituents of a Government that leaves many of them in despair. My mom and dad taught me that socialism isn't words its action, deeds not words and all that.
The Labour Party is not about you, it's about us, most of all it's about them, the brilliant people in the UK, even the ones who don't agree with us. We need action, we really needed it last week the week before.
I'm really worried that you cannot see that you have made this all about you and not about them. Be the socialist you say you are, do the right thing and let the Labour Party be the opposition it needs to be now, when people need it most.
All the best. I know none of this has been easy on you and your loved ones. Nobody deserves some of the crap you have put up with. Sorry if I was ever to blame for any upset, perhaps sometimes I took straight talking honest politics a little too literally.