"The test for our society is whether we come through this strengthened, with greater solidarity forged in the heat of a crisis; or whether we emerge diminished, having failed to do everything possible to support each other." - Jeremy Corbyn
"These funds are vital for Palestinian refugees to survive and used for essential core services, including infrastructure, health and education." - Matt Willgress
Coronavirus is creating an economic crisis and, for far too many, a deepening social crisis. But it can not be resolved without addressing the public health crisis." - Richard Burgon MP.
"The major crises we face as a society cannot be solved by the market. Cornonavirus, the climate emergency, huge levels of inequality.. these can only be solved by people working together, & not against each other." - Jeremy Corbyn.
"A difference between now & in WWII was the emergency powers during the War allowed the government to requisition property. The current Government though is only interested in the regulation of people... Absent from the Bill is any infringement on the so-called rights of the holders of private property." - Adrian Weir, Campaign for Trade Union Freedom.
"What the Government has proposed so far for people whose work lives are affected by coronavirus is inadequate."
"Rent needs to be suspended for those adversely affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The government’s three-month ban on evictions should be extended to six months."Jeremy Corbyn Dear Prime Minister, Thank you for our meeting on Monday evening and for sharing with me the draft emergency legislation in response to the coronavirus outbreak.…
"At a time like this we need to urgently come together to protect each other, no matter what it takes, but for those at greater risk and those who are already financially insecure we need to start moving mountains - and fast."
"Labour must take on vested interests, not accommodate them." - Rebecca Long Bailey.
"Our communities, in all their diversity, need a Labour government. Whoever is Leader, I’ll be a team player laser-focused on winning back power." - Richard Burgon MP.
" This Government, a Government for the super-rich, the oligarchs the tax dodgers, are still trying to divide our communities based on the colour of our skin." - Claudia Webbe MP.
"I caution the Chancellor, you are sowing the seeds of disappointment and disillusionment which could stir up a form of politics none of us wish our country to experience." - John McDonnell.
"The Conservative Party will never stand up for working class communities. They will always put the interests of their wealthy friends first." - Jeremy Corbyn.
"I hope that the government has woken up to the state of our public services and the poverty and insecurity in which so many of our people live." - John McDonnell.
"Now is not the time to retreat on support for Palestine but to speak up and organise to defeat both Trump’s plan and organise to defeat Johnson’s plan to keep us quiet on the issue."
"We need a revolution in political education in the Labour Party - one that empowers Labour members to be armed up with the ideas to win people over to radical alternatives to our broken economic model that is destroying lives, communities & the planet."
In response to this attack, the traditional rallying cry of the labour movement should resound, ‘An injury to one is an injury to all!’ - DIane Abbott
"We can’t win by accepting the status quo, which fails communities across the country. We must never go back to pandering to anti-migrant racism, supporting illegal wars or voting for welfare cuts which the poorest the hardest." - Richard Burgon.
"We need a Deputy Leader who can listen, who can relate to members and who will implement a strategy that takes that hope and optimism and uses it to build a fighting party which can win voters across all types of communities. "
"Rebecca Long Bailey is the leader who can best ensure Labour is both a strong, effective opposition to the Tories and has a path to power." - Claudia Webbe MP.
"This reluctance to provide any real response shows an astonishing level of disrespect and contempt for the public."
"Richard is keen to develop organising & campaigning & engaging active Labour members in these campaigns. This will be key to connecting to the heartlands we have lost & the non voters who have become so disheartened by politics."
"Believe me, the path of despair is also the path to defeat. My plan – based on aspirational socialism, a Green Industrial Revolution, empowering our movement and a democratic revolution – is our path back to power." - Rebecca Long Bailey.
As Rebecca Long Bailey says, “We have a mountain to climb & the crises we face are stark. But we have our socialist vision, a path to victory & most importantly, we have each other.”
"Labour can’t return to the politics of printing “immigration controls” on a mug to appease the tabloids & the far-right. Labour should continue to call time on racism." - Nadia Jama.
"The Palestinian people have an inalienable right to self-determination which must be realised in practice, including their right to an independent state of Palestine." - Jeremy Corbyn.
"Climate breakdown will increasingly define our politics as impacts like wildfires, hurricanes and drought grow worse at home and abroad. Rebecca Long-Bailey is best placed to translate Labour’s proposition of a Green New Deal into the election winning common sense solution to these climate impacts. That’s why she’s the person to lead Labour into the 2020s. "
"Rebecca’s record on austerity speaks for itself. From entering parliament in 2015 she opposed the Tory Welfare Bill on both second and third readings. That takes guts. She knows that we must remain an anti-austerity party because we have 14,000,000 people in their country barely surviving."
"Many imagine a politician as being completely removed from popular culture, self-interested and contemptuous of the electorate, Long-Bailey however comes across as a normal person who is fighting for her class rather than as member of the privileged elite who is out to protect their own interests. "
"We can’t wait five years for a chance to transform people’s lives. We must begin organising in our communities now." - Rebecca Long Bailey,
"We must defend the radicalism in Labour’s policies which have developed in recent years. Newham’s community wealthy building shows how Labour in local government can play its part in defending the policy agenda Labour needs to maintain, to resisting the new Tory majority in Westminster from the front line." - Daniel Blaney
"We must not fail those children waiting in Calais and the Greek Islands in the hope that they will be able to reach their families legally and safely." - Diane Abbott MP.
There is only one choice for the left in the Labour leadership race, argues our editor Matt Willgress.
"Wherever we are in power, we have a responsibility to start undoing the disastrous legacy of privatisation." - Sakina Sheikh
"The Tories did not win votes from people in northern towns by saying they would be exposed to ever-fiercer international competition." - Paula Barker MP
"The Left has to be rooted in class politics and it needs to be well organised in the communities we seek to represent." - Laura Smith.
"There is no social justice on a dying planet. There is also no way to tackle climate catastrophe without changing the inequalities at the heart of our economy, and without redistributing power from those at the top to the rest of us." - Olivia Blake MP.
"We must oppose all attempts to drive us to war in Iran. We will argue for peace in the Middle East. And we will continue to fight for political leadership which wants peace, which finds money for health and investment and not for war." - Diane Abbott MP.
"The task now in the current Labour leadership contests is to ensure that the eventual winners are committed to the employment rights reform proposals of 2017 and 2019." - Adrian Weir
"With Trump in the White House and Johnson in No 10 fighting poverty, racism and war must be our priorities today. Whatever the setbacks, as individuals and as a movement we cannot - and will not - retreat from those duties." - Richard Burgon.
Our editor looks at the challenges for the year ahead.
“His leadership of Lambeth Council was legendary. He stood up to the Thatcher government and improved public services to meet the needs of working people." - Jeremy Corbyn on Ted Knight.
"We know that the escalation of Coronavirus is stretching vital NHS resources, however the thousands of examples of bad employment is just compounding the risk we all face." - Rachael Maskell MP.
"Yemen does not deserve a catastrophic dose of Covid-19. It does deserve an end to the invasion, and urgent medical assistance." - Stephen Bell.
"We must ensure in future that we build in all our public services the resilience they need to deal with future crises [&] in our economy we eradicate the low pay & insecure work that prevents people having the personal economic resilience to cope when hardship threatens." - John McDonnell MP.
"Austerity was not inevitable; it was a deliberate choice by the political elite to make ordinary working-class people pay the price for an economic crisis they did not create." - Nav MIshra.
"Given that the rest of the world had several weeks’ advance notice of the impending crisis, countries (particularly wealthy countries like Britain) should have started taking precautionary measures by late January." - Carlos Martinez