By a clear majority, people in my constituency and in the country as whole have voted to leave the EU. MPs on all sides of the debate must honour that outcome.
As I made clear during the referendum campaign, I supported a vote to Remain because I did not believe that the case for leaving was strong enough and I was concerned about the risk it posed to our rights at work, to jobs and growth, and to our security. Since the vote, we have seen a negative impact on the value of the pound, a fall in stock markets, reports of jobs and investment already being lost, and reports of an increase in racist abuse.
These are incredibly turbulent and volatile times and they call for strong and calm leadership from politicians of all parties.
I respect the vote of people here in the borough of Rochdale who voted by a majority to leave the EU. As the process of renegotiation with the EU begins - once the Conservatives have selected a new leader - I will be focused on doing everything possible to get the best deal for Britain and the best deal for people here in Heywood and Middleton.