Tom Watson lied about the collapse of talks between the Labour leadership, the unions and the rebels in the Parliamentary Labour Party, it seems.
Readers of This Blog may be unsurprised at the revelations, as many people have been complaining about Mr Watson’s lacklustre performance in keeping party discipline (which is part of his job description) for some time.
Watson said earlier today that a statement by Jeremy Corbyn that he would remain as leader meant there was no point in continuing the talks, but Mr McCluskey makes it clear in his statement that “Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation as the Leader was not on the agenda.”
He continues: “Mr Watson knew that, and it is entirely wrong to suggest that any public statement by Jeremy represented any change in the situation. This is a deeply disingenuous manoeuvre.”
What can we conclude from this? That the Labour mutineers’ agreement to go into talks was never genuine? That they – and Tom Watson – were merely stalling in order to put elements in place for a leadership challenge? That we have a few more lies to add to the list of shame that has been run up by the mutineers since June 26?
That Tom Watson’s position as deputy leader of the Labour Party is now untenable because he has been derelict in his duty, and he should resign or be sacked?
Here’s Mr McCluskey’s statement in full:
The leader of Britain’s biggest trade union has attacked a decision by Tom Watson to call off a meeting between Jeremy Corbyn supporters and rebelling MPs as an “act of sabotage” against the Labour party.
Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said a workable plan to resolve bitter differences between the Labour leader and the parliamentary Labour party had “never been closer”.
Watson announced that a planned meeting on Sunday with McCluskey and other leading Labour figures would not go ahead, prompting a leadership challenge from Angela Eagle and a vow from Corbyn to fight any moves against his position.
The Labour leader’s spokesman said it was “disappointing” that Watson had walked away from the union-brokered talks, which were attempting to end the impasse between the embattled Corbyn and his MPs.
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