Long ago I remember reading In Place of Fear, by Nye Bevan. I’m reminded of it now, as I return to parliament as MP for Derby North for the second time, after two years of absence. Bevan, the Welsh Labour politician who oversaw the creation of the NHS, describes the House of Commons as a range of mountains dominated by statues of old statesmen. Those stony eyes, the church-like stained glass and the echoing halls are all meant to cow a politician from humble origins, Bevan said, reminding us that the people Labour politicians are elected to represent hail from the other side of history – not the one represented by those statues.
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This mass movement with socialist values at its core helped me win back Derby North for Labour. Now the party must harness its spirit nationally