Tom Watson, UK Labour No.2 and top voice against anti-Semitism in party, resigns
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
However, his resignation could symbolize the end of a long-running battle over the identity of Labour party between moderates like Watson and Corbyn’s hard-left faction.
Watson was a prominent supporter of a holding a second Brexit referendum and urging Labour to campaign for Britain to remain in the EU in any future vote.
Corbyn and many of his allies have been reluctant to take that position, partly over fears it would alienate those Labour voters who backed Brexit in the June 2016 referendum.