Speechless Watson flees meeting of Labour’s top team after ‘shitshow’
A humiliated Tom Watson fled today’s meeting of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet after a string of colleagues put him right for a fundamental misunderstanding of Labour policy.
Watson appeared as a speaker at Saturday’s march by supporters of a new referendum, but was booed for telling them he’d support Theresa May’s deal in return for another public vote.
“He doesn’t do detail.”
However, during today’s meeting he was forced to endure a queue of Labour MPs telling him that this was not Labour’s policy and explaining his error. After sitting in silence while colleagues put him straight, Watson simply got up and left the meeting early.
A Labour insider told the SKWAWKBOX:
Tom seemed to have jumped the gun in applying the Watson-Kyle amendment – but Labour’s not going to be supporting it in its current form and any mention of supporting May’s deal will be removed if we’re going to back the amendment, because our policy remains to defeat her disastrous deal by any means. During the whole time he was being put right, he didn’t say a word – and then he just got up and walked out.
Tom seems to have missed or misunderstood the policy. He doesn’t do detail.
Tom Watson could not be reached for comment.
Update: Watson’s reaction and silence may also have had something to do with the impending revelations about his failure to act when his chief of staff was accused of racism.
Watson’s appearance at Saturday’s march appeared to most Labour supporters to be an attempt to undermine or derail Labour’s policy. Even more embarrassingly, many of his colleagues believe he spoke – amid all that booing – because he simply didn’t understand it.
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