Tom Watson survives bid to oust him as Labour deputy leader but could still face the boot tomorrow 2 min read

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Tom Watson survives bid to oust him as Labour deputy leader but could still face the boot when the party’s National Executive meets tomorrow

  • A motion had been proposed by Jon Lansman to abolish post of deputy leader
  • The chair of the committee ruled the motion should be thrown out this evening 
  • Members voted 17 to 10 to overturn decision but did not reach majority needed
  • The proposal is now likely to go back on the committee’s agenda on Saturday 

Tom Watson has survived a bid to oust him as deputy leader, but could still face the boot when the party’s ruling body meets tomorrow.  

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At a meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee, Jon Lansman proposed a motion to abolish the post of deputy leader, currently held by Tom Watson, citing his disloyalty over Brexit, according to two party officials.

The chair of the committee ruled the motion should be thrown out. 

Members voted 17 to 10 to overturn that decision but did not reach the two thirds majority required for it to pass, the officials said. The proposal is likely to go back on the committee’s agenda on Saturday.

A party spokesman was not immediately able to comment. Watson’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Corbyn will face pressure from delegates at the conference, which begins on Saturday in the English seaside town of Brighton, to shift towards openly backing remaining in the European Union.

Britain´s 2016 EU referendum has split not only British towns and villages but also parliament, with both Conservative and Labour leaders struggling to keep their parties united.

The divisions over Brexit were on display earlier this month when Watson said he supported pressing for a second referendum before an early national election.

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His argument put him at odds with Corbyn, who says Labour would offer the people a second referendum on a credible option to leave against remaining in the EU, but only after an election.  

Labour’s NEC is to consider abolishing the post of deputy party leader on Saturday after a bid to get rid of the post failed at a meeting on Friday.

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