Tom Watson, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, has unexpectedly stood down from the role and confirmed that he won’t be standing at the 2019 General Election. Watson said that he would continue to campaign for the Labour Party, saying “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.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party, posted on Twitter:
“Thank you @tom_watson for your service to our party and your constituents. I know you’ll continue to take on the vested interests of the Murdoch empire, big sugar companies and the gambling industry. This is not the end of our work together.”
Watson has held the deputy leadership role since 2015 and he has represented the constituency of West Bromwich East since 2001, securing a majority of 7,713 in 2017.