Watson ‘avoiding accountability’ – since March
Labour deputy leader – notionally, at least – Tom Watson has been publicly lambasted by a member of Labour’s NEC (National Executive Committee) for missing yet another meeting of Labour’s ruling body. Watson is a member by virtue of his position.
According to Young Labour NEC representative Lara McNeill – meetings go more smoothly when he’s absent – but his ducking of accountability is a ‘joke’ compared to the diligence of the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby:
The meeting was a key one, in which the party’s actual leader Jeremy Corbyn won a key victory in the battle to ensure Labour continues to represent ‘the many’ over Brexit in the next general election, when other party’s are polarising to extremes.
Watson did not respond to a SKWAWKBOX request for comment. However, he went to the Huffington Post’s Paul Waugh with his excuse:
However, Watson had already won more than enough branches – populated by allies – in the ‘trigger’ selection process to survive and had no need whatever to be concerned about any branch meetings tonight.
Another NEC member had other ideas:
Tom may be embarrassed to see people, after his Brexit speech undermined Keir [Starmer] and pissed everyone off. But he should have the basic decency to send his apologies for not bothering to deliver his deputy leader’s report again.
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