Breaking news: minister resigns

Details currently sketchy, but Tom Watson, a defence minister, has reportedly resigned from the Government stating that it is not, “in the interest of either the party or the country” for Tony Blair to remain in office.

8 Responses to Breaking news: minister resigns

  1. Nick says:

    Looks like it’s confirmed:

    http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labourleadership/story/0,,1866017,00.html

    If Labour First are pulling the rug from under Blair, that’s pretty big news, though it could just be Tom Watson’s personal decision of course…

  2. Ian G says:

    According to the Beeb and the Guardian breaking news, Blair has described the letter signed by Watson as “discourteous and wrong”… and he was going to sack him anyway.

    I can’t think that this rather unsubtle approach will help matters, in fact he may just have alianated even more loyalists in Labour First. How long till the next resignation?

  3. nick says:

    Looks like you were right – Mark Tami shares an office with Watson and they are close allies. The new minister Tom Harris is cut from a similar cloth politically but is a more hard core loyalist. Tom Watson would not have done this without a lot of thought. Interesting times!

  4. Yes, I imagine he thought hard about what job he might get in the next administration.

  5. nick says:

    That may be a bit harsh – Watson isn’t any old careerist, and certainly not an unideological figure. He’s a factional organiser on the old style hard right of the labour movement. And if Blair can’t count on them…

  6. Alon Or-bach says:

    BBC has described Tom Watson as a Brownite.
    How on earth do they decide these labels?!

  7. nick says:

    Political journalism ain’t what it used to be, but it’s coming to something when you get more accurate reporting on this blog than on the BBC. There’s been a lot of spin about Brownites but looking at the names on those letters the only real Brown team member I saw was on the ‘loyalist’ letter. If anything these people were Blairites! Et tu, Bryant…

  8. Henry G says:

    It all stems from the fact you don’t get Labour Correspondents these days. Nick Robinson wouldn’t know his Labour First from his Solidarity. I heard someone on the BBC last night excitedly link Amicus membership (AEEU) with the people behind the resignations. I was willing them on, I really was. Then they completely spoilt it by saying ‘…and Amicus union leader Derek Simpson has been very critical of Tony Blair’. It’s painful. The only thing linking Simpson and Watson is that they both have heads.

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