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Wrong-footed: Tom Watson has been challenged to support his words about Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party with deeds.

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson may have bitten off more than he can chew.

In an interview with Andrew Marr on February 24, Mr Watson said he wanted to create a group of “social democrats” within the Labour Party to challenge the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, particularly over anti-Semitism.

This Site has already commented on the anti-Semitism issue, pointing out that Mr Watson’s words cannot be taken at face value after he accepted money from the Israeli government, which is doing all it can to prevent Jeremy Corbyn becoming the UK prime minister – via Labour Friends of Israel.

Others said that Mr Watson needs to keep up with events – a group of Labour MPs has already been created to challenge Mr Corbyn over issues including anti-Semitism. It calls itself The Independent Group and is rapidly losing support in the opinion polls after it was revealed that it has no positive policies; we know what it opposes, but not what it supports.

Now, according to Skwawkbox, Labour MPs have demanded that Mr Watson should just put his money where his mouth is and launch a full-on challenge for the leadership of the Labour Party – or stop rocking the boat once and for all. Corbyn-supporting MPs have even offered him their nominations, to ensure he gets on the ballot paper (in an ironic gesture towards those Corbyn-opposing MPs who gave the current Labour leader their nomination in the name of variety).

Mr Watson is backed into a corner. If he agrees to make a formal challenge, he’ll lose; Mr Corbyn is hugely popular among the party in general. But if he refuses, he’ll never be able to speak up against Mr Corbyn and expect a decent hearing; he’ll have had his chance.

What do you think he’ll do?


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