Watson: Momentum “A Rabble… An Irrelevance”


Tom Watson has been on on the Today Programme, where he had some rather choice words for Momentum and Red Ken:

Tom Watson: “I’ve seen those TV images of what went on in Stella Creasy’s constituency, the intimidation her staff must have felt, and I can only say if there were Labour Party members on that demonstration intimidating staff members of an MP like that, then I think they should be removed from the Party. It’s simply unacceptable that people conduct themselves in that way…We need to deal with it. It actually undermines our democracy if people feel frightened to express themselves.”

John Humphries: “Plenty of people say Momentum should simply be shut down, told they’re no longer welcome.”

TW: “Well I’m not a member of Momentum. They look like a bit of a rabble to me but I don;’t think they’re particularly a problem for the Labour Party… I just don’t think they’re that effective. I think they’re a bit of an irrelevance in this debate, but if there are people who are linked to Momentum who are intimidating Labour Party members then I think we should deal with it.”

Watson on Ken:

TW: “Well I’m not entirely certain if his words are unifying the Labour Party this week. As the nearest thing there is to a Labour elder, and he’s getting on a bit now Ken, he should probably know that this is the week we should be trying to bring people back together. But he’s entitled to his opinions isn’t he and he’s not elected now. [Should Ken agree to a period of silence?] I think that would be an impossible dream John, but I think he should calm down a bit.”

Wonder what many of those who swept Watson to victory in the deputy leadership election think of him this morning…

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