Jeremy Corbyn was elected Leader of the Labour Party yesterday with a result that was sensational by anyone's standards. Congratulations to Jeremy and his huge and energetic campaign team.
Those of us who spent the summer arguing that Jeremy isn't the right person for the job need to take the result on the chin, show some humility and reflect on why it was that we lost the argument. Jeremy has a clear mandate and deserves a fair wind as he seeks to win the support of the country. So he'll have my support in doing that.
There will inevitably be some areas of disagreement and I welcome Jeremy's commitment to debate and pluralism. It's an approach that, frankly, I'll find refreshing!
In an age where people believe that politics lacks integrity, authenticity and inspiration, I thought both Jeremy and Liz Kendall, the candidate I supported, showed real conviction during the leadership contest.
I was elected in May - against the odds - because I promised to stand up for Ilford North as an independent-minded MP who'll put the constituency before party and I will always do that, whoever the leader is. Every day I walk into Parliament I always think about the people who sent me there to serve their interests and I will never compromise on what I think is in the best interests of Ilford North.
These are certainly interesting times for politics.