Below is the text of the statement made by Angela Rayner, the new deputy leader of the Labour Party, on 4 April 2020.
I want to thank everyone who took part in this election, and all those who have supported me through the campaign. I promise that I will do everything I can to repay your trust.
Things have dramatically changed in our country in recent months but our values remain the same, and more important than ever.
Those are the values we will reflect in our actions as an opposition and a movement – standing up for our public services, for our workers and carers, and for a society in which people work together and look after one another.
Together, we must rebuild and reconnect with communities right across Britain who need our support now, more than ever before.
I know we face a long and difficult road ahead but we must unite, both in the face of this crisis and to offer the better future that the citizens of our country deserve.
I also want to offer my congratulations to Keir. This was a long campaign and by the end one conducted in extraordinary circumstances. The hard work begins today, and Keir will have my full support in both getting Labour on the path back to government and in being a voice for those who need us during this national crisis.
We must make sure the government delivers on its promises, and acts faster to provide the protection frontline workers need.