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Watson expected to talk to unions on leadership deadlock

Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA

Labour's deputy leader, Tom Watson, is expected to hold emergency talks with trade union leaders to try and get them to withdraw their support for Jeremy Corbyn.

In a bid to break Labour's deadlock - Jeremy Corbyn refuses to resign as leader, but many of the party's MPs do not support him - sources said union leaders had "reached out" to Mr Watson to see if they could find a negotiated settlement.

It is the last throw of the dice.

– Tom Watson on talks with union leaders

However, due to "logistical" difficulties, it was "proving tough" to arrange a meeting between Mr Watson and union chiefs, a source close to the MP for West Bromwich East said.

While Unite leader Len McCluskey said on Sunday that unions could act as "honest brokers" in the leadership saga, leaders of some of the other biggest unions affiliated to Labour have not commented, and some officials are reported to be on holiday.


Pressure increasing on Jeremy Corbyn to resign

ITV News' political correspondent, Carl Dinnen, reports.

As pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to resign increases, the Labour leader has released a video message to party supporters, urging them to "come together".

However, this is at the same time that Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has said that on Tuesday he will speak to the unions to try and get them to withdraw their support for Mr Corbyn.

Former shadow cabinet member Anglea Eagle has also said she has "the support to run and resolve this impasse", and that she will do if Mr Corbyn "does not take action soon".


Watson offers no apology for handling of Brittan claims

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has defended his decision to pass on sex abuse claims against former home secretary Leon Brittan and urged all MPs to "examine their consciences" over the handling of such allegations.

Prime Minister David Cameron earlier said Mr Watson had "a lot of questions to answer" and should "examine his conscience" after Lord Brittan's brother called on him for an apology.

Tom Watson said all MPs needed to examine their consciences over the handling of sex abuse allegations.

Responding with a statement in the House of Commons, Mr Watson said: "We all need to examine our consciences in this house."

He added: "We've presided over a state of affairs where children have been abused and then ignored, dismissed and then disdained. If anyone deserves an apology, it's them."

Lord Brittan's brother Sir Samuel Brittan has condemned the West Bromwich East MP for passing "unfounded allegations" from a number of alleged victims to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Tom Watson admits he 'stunk up the joint' at Open

Tom Watson offered a scathing assessment of his opening round of 76 in his final appearance in the Open Championship on Thursday.

Watson wasn't impressed with his opening round. Credit: PA

The 65-year-old five-time champion recovered from hitting his approach to the first into the Swilcan Burn with birdies on the sixth, ninth and 10th, but carded double bogeys on the 13th, 16th and 17th to come home in 41.

"I stunk up the joint today the way I played," said the former Ryder Cup captain, who announced on Wednesday that next year's Masters will also be his last.

"Too many sixes on the back nine ruined my day. I had a little string of birdies going but made some unforced errors coming in... a little bit of brilliance but a bit of ugliness averaged it out.

"When I got it to a couple under par I knew the back nine was going to play a little tougher into the wind and I knew I had to hit some quality shots, and I didn't. That was the disappointment. I didn't follow up some of the good shots I hit in the middle of the round and finish the deal. I failed."

Watson: Napier should 'spill the beans' on former friends

MP Tom Watson has called for Charles Napier to "spill the beans" on his former contacts at the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) - a shady group that campaigned to abolish the age of consent in the 1970s.

Watson, who has been instrumental in launching Operation Fairbank, said in a statement today:

Charles Napier is a lifelong predatory paedophile who ruined the lives of the children he abused ... As part of Napier’s mitigation the trial judge was told that he now accepted that what he did as a young man was wrong.

I doubt he really does have remorse for his crimes but if he does, he can start to put matters right by spilling the beans on his former friends in PIE.

Did he have contact with any of the powerful child abusers in politics, the intelligence service, the police or the church?

– tom watson mp
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