This may well be why #TomWatson will not seek to ‘refresh his mandate’


tom-watson-afp-news-xlarge_transpjliwavx4cowfcaekesb3kvxit-lggwcwqwla_rxju8Labour Deputy ‘Leader’ Tom Watson

In spite of many Labour members calling for a fresh election for the party’s Deputy Leader position, Tom Watson apparently feels entitled to continue his poor performance in the role.

An ‘old hand’ like Watson will definitely have his team conducting some kind of opinion polling among Labour members, so it may be that his failure to ‘refresh his mandate’ for his continued behaviour is because he’s aware of the extent to which any support among Labour members has fallen away.

Last year, many members – including this writer – voted for Watson as Deputy because of his apparently principled stand against the media owned by Rupert Murdoch and others over such issues as phone hacking. But a new online poll provides an indication of just how profoundly eroded that support now is.

After its first 24 hours, here are the current standings in response…

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