Who is Tom Watson? Labour deputy leader ‘being ousted from the party’

Who is Tom Watson? Labour deputy leader ‘being ousted from the party’

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LABOUR’S deputy leader Tom Watson is at risk of being ousted from his party after senior figures tried to abolish his post.

But who is he and what exactly has he said? Here’s the latest.

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Watson has been the MP for West Bromwich East since the 2001 general election[/caption]

Who is Tom Watson?

Tom Watson, 52, is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015.

Watson, who was born in Sheffield in 1967, has been the MP for West Bromwich East since the 2001 general election.

Watson was also Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues at the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2009.

In 2011, Ed Miliband appointed Watson as the Deputy Chair of the National Executive Committee and the Labour Party’s Campaign Coordinator for the 2015 general election.

Watson however resigned from both roles in July 2013.

Watson and wife Siobhan split in 2012 – the couple have two children together.

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Tom Watson is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015[/caption]

Is he being ousted from the party?

Watson branded the attempt to oust him from the party as a “drive-by shooting”.

Senior party figures had plotted to abolish his post, but the motion was tabled at a meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on September 20.

The motion was brought by Jon Lansman, founder of grassroots campaign group Momentum and a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn, but failed to gain the two-thirds majority required.

The NEC confirmed that it will instead carry out a review.


What has he said about Brexit?

Watson has previously caused a rift in his party by by calling for a second referendum before a general election.

He will say: “The only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum. A general election might well fail to solve this chaos.”

Watson also called for Labour to “unambiguously and unequivocally back Remain”.

It cuts across Jeremy Corbyn’s official policy of triggering a general election as soon as a No Deal Brexit on October 31 is no longer possible.

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