Jeremy Corbyn’s Worst enemy within the Labour Party is stepping down.
In a tweet tonight Mr Watson, who has repeatedly clashed with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, wrote: “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/qGqiKTJ6br
— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) November 6, 2019
Mr Watson’s credibility has been dented by his vocal support for the VIP sex claims against prominent politicians by fantasist Carl Beech, which have since been exposed as fabricated.
Victims of Scotland Yard’s bungled investigation had demanded he quit, claiming he had “applied pressure on the police and should hang his head in shame.”
Watson as constantly undermined Jeremy Corbyn and faced countless petitions from Labour member activist to step down as Deputy leader, a position he as often used to attack Jeremy Corbyn from.
Mr Watson also found himself in a vulnerable position as he was at war with Left wing supporters of Jeremy Corbyn who tried to remove him in an attempted coup which he described as a “drive-by shooting”.
Mr Watson’s demands for a second referendum has also put him at odds with many voters in his constituency where about 70 per cent voted Leave.
He recently used the position to send out contradicting messages on Labour policy over Brexit. He called for a second referendum before a general election knowing full well this was not achievable and created more animosity amongst both leave and remain Labour supporters.