Listen, learn, rebuild
I know how hard Labour's European election candidates campaigned, and how dispiriting it was - on the streets and doorsteps - when faced with so many supporters and members who felt they couldn't support the party.
I want to congratulate those who won their seats. But, in particular, I want to commiserate with those who lost their MEP seats - David Martin, Sion Simon, Clare Moody, Paul Brannen and Alex Mayer - and all the losing candidates. So a giant thank you for all your valiant efforts to:
East Midlands: Leonie Mathers, Tony Tinley, Nicole Ndiweni, Gary Godden.
Eastern Region: Alex Mayer, Chris Vince, Sharon Taylor, Alvin Shum, Anna Smith, Adam Scott and Javeira Hussain.
North East: Paul Brannen, Clare Penny-Evans
North West: Wajid Khan, Erica Lewis, David Brennan, Claire Cozler, Saf Ismail, Yvonne Tennant.
London: Katy Clark, Laura Parker, Murad Qureshi, Taranjit Chana, James Beckles, Sanchia Alasia.
South East: Cathy Shutt, Arran Neathey, Emma Christina Turnbull, Rohit Dasgupta, Amy Fowler, Duncan Enright, Lubna Arshad, Simon Burgess, Rachael Ward.
South West: Clare Moody, Andrew Adonis, Jayne Kirkham, Neil Guild, Yvonne Atkinson, Sadik Adam Al-Hassan.
West Midlands: Sion Simon, Julia Buckley, Ansar Ali Khan, Zarah Sultana, Samuel Hennessy, Liz Clements.
Yorkshire and Humber: Eloise Todd, Mohammed Jawad Khan, Jayne Allport, Martin Mayer, Alison Hume
Wales: Matthew James Dorrance, Mary Wimbury, Mark Whitcutt.
Scotland: David Martin, Jayne Baxter, Craig Miller, Amy Lee Fraioli, Callum O'Dwyer, Angela Brotherton.
While we need to consider the results in more detail in the weeks ahead, it is already clear how bad they were. None of which will give any comfort to the millions of people who need a Labour government in Westminster.
It is self-evident that we need greater clarity in our position. The triangulation of our Brexit policy had little, or no appeal. While it may be convenient to pass off the results as a blip or one-off protest vote, I am concerned about what longer-term damage is being done to the party's overall credibility and electoral standing.
If we are not careful we will start losing support from all shades of opinion, in all parts of the country, as a result of this confusion. The party badly needs to restore a sense of direction and to act decisively before things spiral out of control.
As I look at the list of those who served our party with such dedication, and read the deeply-thought emails and messages from swathes of members calling it a day, I know we have to listen, learn and rebuild. And fast.