Things move fast in politics, these days more than ever. Just yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX reported on the re-emergence of rumours of a challenge for the deputy leadership by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, after Ms T’s stellar performance standing in for Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions).
Today, Corbyn and his team were in Brussels, meeting EU negotiators and even presenting Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier with his own, customised Arsenal shirt as part of establishing good relations between the EU team and the UK’s PM-in-waiting:
But that didn’t stop a senior source giving the SKWAWKBOX an update on the deputy leadership situation, telling this blog:
After seeing the reaction to her PMQs performance and the level of support she could command, Emily is giving serious thought to a challenge and wouldn’t have to struggle too much to achieve the nominations she’d require.
And that wasn’t the end of the news. Fellow Labour front-bencher Dawn Butler, Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities since Corbyn’s post-election shuffle, is also said to be prepared to challenge Watson.
It is unlikely, of course, that both women would make a bid at the same time, because of the risk of splitting the vote of Labour’s massive left-wing majority.
Tom Watson will be getting even more fidgety, with good reason.
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