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Tom Watson: There may come a time for a government of national unity—”if needs must”

Labour's deputy leader says he "hope we never get to a point" where such a government is needed—but reveals he has been approached by Conservative MPs

By Prospect Team  

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Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has suggested that the time may come for a government of national unity, “if needs must.”

Speaking to Kevin Maguire for Prospect magazine, Watson said: “Like Ernie Bevin I prefer Labour governments and I hope we never get to a point where our economy or security is so in peril that we get a government of national unity.”

He then added: “if needs must, we have to then do what’s right.”

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