Tom Watson, the former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party who resigned before the General Election, has spoken to the Guardian newspaper about his decision. Watson said that he voted for Owen Smith during the 2016 Labour leadership and he also said that “brutality and hostility is real” in the party.
Watson criticised the move at the 2019 Labour party conference to abolish his position:
“I don’t think you could pre-empt such political idiocy and collective self-harm.”
Watson said for the first time that he voted for Owen Smith and not Jeremy Corbyn during the 2016 Labour leadership contest, adding:
“I thought, as soon as the leader loses the confidence of the parliamentary party it’s almost impossible to see how you can form a government. I thought Jeremy should have resigned, and he nearly did.”