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Tom Watson’s exit is the end of the end for New Labour

The deputy leader’s wing of the party has failed and his decision to stand down is the inevitable result

By Chaminda Jayanetti  

Tom Watson has announced he will be stepping down as Labour deputy leader and as an MP. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

Few political reputations have been shredded quite so comprehensively in recent years as Tom Watson’s reputation as a backroom fixer who mastered Labour’s internal machinery. His sudden departure last night was that of a man who had been comprehensively outmanoeuvred for four years by the people who weren’t supposed to be good at politics. The man who initiated the moves that brought down Tony Blair surrendered to…

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