Tom Watson resigns: Why is Tom Watson stepping down? Resignation letter IN FULL  – News 247

Updated : Nov 09, 2019 in Articles

Tom Watson resigns: Why is Tom Watson stepping down? Resignation letter IN FULL – News 247

 In a shocking move, Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson has announced he is quitting parliament But what reason has he given for his decision? Tom Watson is one of the best-known figures in the Labour Party   He has served as an MP since 2001 for West Bromwich East and as Deputy Leadr since 2015  However, in a shocking turn of event, Mr Watson has decided to tender his resignation and stand down from politics  In a tweet he revealed his resignation which he had penned to the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, outlining his intention to stand down   READ MORE Corbyn’s finished! Labour implodes as MP says he won’t win majority  In his letter to Mr Corbyn, Mr Watson said his decision to step down was “personal, not political”  He thanked the Labour Leader for “the decency and courtesy you have shown me over the last four years, even in difficult times”  Mr Watson added: “Our many shared interests are less well known than our political differences, but I will continue to devote myself to the things we often talk about: gambling reform, music and arts, stopping press intrusion, obesity and public health and of course horticulture and cycling ” His decision brings an end to a fractious four years with Jeremy Corbyn, with the pair having clashed repeatedly over party policy and Mr Corbyn’s leadership decisions  Mr Watson has in the past clashed with the Labour leader over his Brexit position, in addition to his handling of the rumours of rife anti-Semitism at the heart of the Labour Party  During, the party’s conference in Brighton in September, a botched bid to abolish his post overshadowed the event  On Wednesday, Tom Watson tweeted: “After 35 years in full-time politics, I’ve decided to step down and will be campaigning to overcome the Tory-fuelled public health crisis  “I’m as committed to Labour as ever. “I will spend this election fighting for brilliant Labour candidates and a better future for our country ”  READ MORE Labour Party chaos: Why Corbyn banned three former MPs from standing  In his letter to Mr Watson, the Labour leader said: “Few people have given as much to the Labour movement as you have and I know that many thousands of members and trade unionists that you have inspired and worked with over the years will be very sorry to see you go ” Mr Watson is one of the most prominent of a string of centrist Labour MPs to leave the party since Mr Corbyn took over leadership in 2016  Others who have left include Tristram Hunt and Andy Burnham, the latter of which is now the metropolitan mayor of Manchester  Reportedly, the Deputy leader has informed friends in recent months that he has felt increasingly alienated from his party, and some allies believe he had begun to contemplate joining the Liberal Democrats  Mr Watson was a closer ally of the former prime minister Gordon Brown. He was also counted among the top team for previous party leader Ed Miliband  However, his tenure under Mr Corbyn has been starkly different. Since the pair have been running Labour, there have been a number of public disagreements, including most recently over the party’s Brexit position   While Mr Corbyn has been adamant in his refusal to commit to campaigning for a further referendum, Mr Watson has called for the party to “unequivocally back Remain”   Trending  In his resignation letter, Mr Watson wrote: “I might be standing down as an MP but I won’t be leaving politics altogether  “This election is a turning point for our country and I know that Labour goes into it united in our determination to remove the Conservative government that has done so much damage to communities Labour was founded to represent  “I will be taking an active part in this election campaign. I will continue as Deputy Leader until 12 December and will do everything I can to return a team of Labour MPs who will transform our country  “I still believe with my whole heart what I believed when I joined on my 15th birthday in 1982: that the Labour Party is the most powerful vehicle for social change this country has ever produced I will never stop fighting for it.”

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