Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has kept a low profile for the last few months – apart from an attempt to coerce the party’s leadership into a better conference speaking slot in August. His threat was followed by a decision not to speak at all, an escalation of the antisemitism row after he did not get his way, a private meeting with the rabidly anti-Corbyn Dan Hodges – and a globally-trending #resignWatson hashtag.
But Watson has appeared on Sky News today in a piece on his weight loss – which ended with a powerful hint that he might be intending to step down from politics altogether:
Claiming that life has been far better since he lost weight and that he has been ‘chilled out’ as a result – so chilled out that he might not wish to be in politics.
Tom Watson was contacted for comment.
Watson’s departure would be welcomed by huge numbers of Labour members – and a new deputy leader could only strengthen the party in all senses.
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