High Noon in Sedgefield and the end of an era.
Thanks for the joy of 1997, the success of 2001 and the record third win in 2005.
If it hadn't been for that disastrous decision to invade Iraq, we might greet your departure with more regret than relief.
But now, we have the chance to make a new start. We'll have a seven week campaign for the leadership, which Gordon will win, and the same campaign with a much wider field for the deputy's post. I've already nailed my colours to the Jon Cruddas mast, as I believe that our future success starts with the basic building blocks of the party - the grassroots membership. If we don't reconnect with them, then we won't win the next election.