Jul 5 2013
The Daily Mail
I see the would be, man of the people Fatty Arbuckle Watson is making a stand by standing down.
That cunt does absolutely fuck all unless there is something in it for himself… He is Labours Eric Pickles. A fat useless cunt.
Watch him challenge for leadership in the near future.
I’m not even going to comment on Labour Party policy.
They can all fucking drown in their cesspit as far as I’m concerned.
Battle for control of Labour claims its first scalp: Tom Watson quits as row over union funding threatens to split party
- MP resigns as general election campaign chief with extraordinary letter
- Became embroiled in row over Unite union trying to seize control of Labour
- The trade union, Britain’s biggest, is by far the party’s largest donor
- Ed Miliband forced to defend Mr Watson in the Commons yesterday
- Labour bans unions from paying party subs for new members
- Two members suspended over allegations in Falkirk
PUBLISHED: 15:28, 4 July 2013 | UPDATED: 23:37, 4 July 2013
Ed Miliband faces the biggest crisis of his leadership after his election campaign chief quit and serious questions were raised over the future of Labour’s biggest trade union paymaster.
Tom Watson, deputy party chairman and general election coordinator, resigned amid explosive allegations that membership lists were fiddled to try to parachute his friend and office manager Karie Murphy into a plum Commons seat.
Mr Miliband tried to contain the spiralling vote-fixing scandal by suspending Miss Murphy, who is also a close friend of Len McCluskey, militant leader of the trade union Unite, Labour’s biggest financial backer.
Stephen Deans, the head of the union in Scotland, was also suspended from the party pending further inquiries.
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The Labour leader’s spokesman said it was clear Unite had done ‘wrong’ and suggested Mr McCluskey would have to take responsibility ‘for what he has done’ – a strong hint that he too should consider his position.
Last night the row intensified as the furious union boss said he had lost faith in Labour HQ, which he bankrolls, accused the party of a ‘smear’ against him and demanded an independent inquiry.
The controversy raises uncomfortable questions for Mr Miliband over who really controls Labour – and what would happen if Unite stopped funding the party.
The union, which has given Labour £8.4million since Mr Miliband became leader thanks to its bloc vote in the 2010 contest, denies wrongdoing and has suggested it could take legal action.
Labour sources say at least seven people in Falkirk were shocked to discover that they had been signed up as party members without their consent, giving them voting rights in the selection of the Labour candidate.
Mr McCluskey said Labour’s ‘mishandling’ of an investigation into the affair had been a ‘disgrace’.
He said he was ‘obliged to uphold the integrity of Unite, and I can no longer do so on the basis of going along with the activities of a Labour Party administration in which I can place no trust’.
He added: ‘I will therefore be publicly proposing that an independent inquiry be held.’
Mr McCluskey, known as Red Len, claimed ‘members of the Shadow Cabinet have been in the lead in initiating this attack upon Unite’.
‘ED, I BACK YOU AS LEADER – BUT YOU SHOULD GO TO GLASTONBURY’
A trip to the Glastonbury festival appears to have played a key part in Mr Watson’s decision to resign from the Labour shadow cabinet.
In an earlier blog this week he took a swipe at his colleagues, notably shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy, who would be unable to ‘share in the communal love’ of listening to the Sheffield punk duo Drenge.
In his resignation letter, Mr Watson goes further and chides Labour leader Ed Miliband for not attending music festivals.
He wrote: ‘I said Labour leaders can’t be seen standing in muddy fields listening to bands.
‘And then I thought how terribly sad that this is true. So: be that great Labour leader that you can be, but try to have a real life too.
‘And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge.’
Mr Miliband had been under growing pressure to axe 46-year-old Mr Watson as deputy chairman and election co-ordinator because of his strong union links, and the fact that his assistant was a potential candidate in the constituency where vote-rigging allegations emerged.
But the Labour leader had appeared determined to stick with the combative shadow minister. A crib sheet for his appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, accidentally left by an aide in a Westminster toilet, suggested he would have insisted if challenged on the issue that he would stand by Mr Watson.
In a bizarre letter yesterday to Mr Miliband, Mr Watson wrote: ‘As you know, I offered my resignation on Tuesday and you asked me to reconsider. I’ve thought about it and still feel it is better for you and the future unity of the party that I go now.’
He went on to praise Mr Miliband’s ‘Buddha-like qualities of patience, deep thought, compassion and resolve’, but suggested it was a shame he had been unable to attend the Glastonbury festival and recommended that he listen to Drenge, a little-known blues rock band from the Peak District.
The Labour leader wrote back to say that he believed ‘it does now make sense for you and for the party for you to step down’.
Announcing the suspension of Miss Murphy and Mr Deans, Labour said it was also ending a scheme which allows unions to pay the subscriptions of new members for one year, admitting it had become ‘open to abuse’.
Mr Miliband’s spokesman said he believed Mr Watson’s assurances that he had not personally broken any rules – and insisted he had seen no evidence to suggest that. But he said it did appear that Unite had ‘done wrong’, adding of Mr McCluskey: ‘He is the general secretary. He obviously needs to take some responsibility for what he has done.’
Responding to suggestions that it was high risk for Mr Miliband to row publicly with his biggest financial backer, the spokesman insisted: ‘We are not going to be pushed around.’
He declined to comment on gossip that the union boss and Miss Murphy had been romantically linked.
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said Mr Watson’s resignation was a ‘clear vote of no confidence in Ed Miliband’s weak leadership from the man he brought in to run his campaign’.
‘But this still doesn’t change the fact that Len McCluskey’s Unite union is taking over the Labour Party,’ he added.
‘Ed Miliband is not in control of his party. He’s too weak to stand up to Len McCluskey, too weak to stand up for hardworking people and too weak to run the country.’
David Cameron made explosive claims that votes were being ‘bought’ by Unite boss Len McCluskey, whose union backed Mr Miliband for the party leadership, giving him the edge over brother David
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