Tom Watson tells voters to IGNORE Jeremy Corbyn doubts

2 May

Labour splits were today laid bare as the party’s deputy urged voters to ignore their doubts about Jeremy Corbyn‘s ability to be Prime Minister when they go to the polls on June 8.

Tom Watson said Britons should vote for who they want to be their local MP – not who they want to be PM – in the upcoming snap election

His comments, made at the trade union Usdaw’s annual conference in Blackpool, are an astonishing admission that Mr Corbyn is a liability to his party’s electoral prospects.

Tom Watson , pictured outside Unison's HQ last month, has branded Boris Johnson a cheese-headed fopdoodle. He deployed the colourful language in retaliation after the Foreign Secretary called Jeremy Corbyn a  mutton-headed old mugwump

Tom Watson , pictured outside Unison's HQ last month, has branded Boris Johnson a cheese-headed fopdoodle. He deployed the colourful language in retaliation after the Foreign Secretary called Jeremy Corbyn a  mutton-headed old mugwump

Tom Watson , pictured outside Unison’s HQ last month, has branded Boris Johnson a cheese-headed fopdoodle. He deployed the colourful language in retaliation after the Foreign Secretary called Jeremy Corbyn a  mutton-headed old mugwump

Mr Watson told the conference: ‘We’ve heard a lot of talk about the qualities you need in a Prime Minister.

‘Theresa May doesn’t think that the ability to answer questions is one of them.

‘But sometimes the most important question isn’t what makes the best PM. It’s who makes the best MP.

‘I want to ask you to think about this.’

He said Labour MPs will work harder and put the ‘interests of working people at their heart’.

While he accused Tory candidates of just wanting to ‘push Theresa May’s right wing agenda through’.

Mr Watson, a Labour moderate, has clashed with his left-wing leader before.

Mr Watson, pictured today at the Usdaw trade union conference where he made the remarks. He has flouted Mr Corbyn's insistence that Labour will not engage in personal name calling 

Mr Watson, pictured today at the Usdaw trade union conference where he made the remarks. He has flouted Mr Corbyn's insistence that Labour will not engage in personal name calling 

Mr Watson, pictured today at the Usdaw trade union conference where he made the remarks. He has flouted Mr Corbyn’s insistence that Labour will not engage in personal name calling 

His suggestion that voters should hold their nose and vote for Mr Corbyn in the General Election comes amid predictions Labour is heading for a humiliating electoral defeat.

But the Tory Party warned that any votes for Labour increased the prospect of Mr Corbyn getting the keys to Number 10.

Jeremy Corbyn, pictured today on the campaign trail in Southampton. His deputy Tom Watson has urged voters to ignore their concerns about the leadership qualities  needed to be PM and instead vote for who they want to be their local MP in the election  on June 8

Jeremy Corbyn, pictured today on the campaign trail in Southampton. His deputy Tom Watson has urged voters to ignore their concerns about the leadership qualities  needed to be PM and instead vote for who they want to be their local MP in the election  on June 8

Jeremy Corbyn, pictured today on the campaign trail in Southampton. His deputy Tom Watson has urged voters to ignore their concerns about the leadership qualities  needed to be PM and instead vote for who they want to be their local MP in the election  on June 8

Mr Corbyn, pictured today talking to voters in Southampton. The Tories warned that all votes for Labour will be seen by Mr Corbyn as a vote for his 'disastrous an dangerous' ideas

Mr Corbyn, pictured today talking to voters in Southampton. The Tories warned that all votes for Labour will be seen by Mr Corbyn as a vote for his 'disastrous an dangerous' ideas

Mr Corbyn, pictured today talking to voters in Southampton. The Tories warned that all votes for Labour will be seen by Mr Corbyn as a vote for his ‘disastrous an dangerous’ ideas

Security Minister Ben Wallace MP, said: ‘This is nonsense from Tom Watson. 

‘The simple fact is Jeremy Corbyn will claim each and every vote for any Labour candidate as a vote for him and his failed, disastrous and dangerous ideas.

‘Putting him in Downing Street means putting a weak and floundering leader in charge of Brexit negotiations, sitting across the table from 27 EU leaders determined to do a deal that works for them.

‘Jeremy Corbyn would embarrass Britain in Brussels, just as Diane Abbott has embarrassed Labour with her chaotic police announcement. 

‘It’s no wonder candidates want nothing to do with him.’ 

Alistair Carmichael, home affairs spokesman for the Lib Dems, said the remarks show that Labour are embarrassed by their own leader.

He said: ‘Tom Watson today showed clearly the splits in the Labour Party. 

‘They are all embarrassed by Corbyn and seem committed to scrubbing him out of their election campaign altogether. It reeks of desperation. 

‘Their message is, forget who would make the best PM and still vote Labour. It won’t wash with the public.

‘The public deserve better than this infighting. People want a decent opposition and the Liberal Democrats are offering it.’ 

 

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson calls Boris Johnson a ‘cheese-headed fopdoodle’ as he ignores Jeremy Corbyn’s pleas not to engage in personal name calling

Boris Johnson, pictured last week, has become embroiled in a colourful  war of words with the Labour Party

Boris Johnson, pictured last week, has become embroiled in a colourful  war of words with the Labour Party

Boris Johnson, pictured last week, has become embroiled in a colourful  war of words with the Labour Party

Labour’s deputy leader today branded Boris Johnson a ‘cack-handed, cheese-headed fopdoodle’ as the two parties trade colourful barbs ahead of the election.

Tom Watson hit back after the Foreign Secretary called Jeremy Corbyn a ‘mutton-headed old mugwump’. 

He ignored his leader’s assertion that Labour will not engage in personal name calling to tear into Mr Johnson at the trade union’s Usdaw conference in Blackpool.

Mr Watson said: ‘Boris Johnson is a cack-handed, cheese-headed fopdoodle, with a talent for slummocking about, who would do less damage to Britain’s reputation in the world if Theresa May sacked him as Foreign Secretary and replaced him with a souvenir paperweight.

‘When we require diplomacy, Boris Johnson sows discord. 

‘At a time when we need a serious-minded national representative to deal skilfully with some of the most complex problems our country faces, Boris Johnson falls back on bluster.’ 

The colourful war of words comes as both parties gear up their campaigning ahead of the snap election on June 8. 

Mr Johnson called the Labour leader a ‘mugwump’ – which dates back to the American civil war but was most recently popularised by Roald Dahl – in an article in last Thursday’s Sun in which he attacked Mr Corbyn’s leadership qualities.

What is a fopdoodle? 

A fopdoodle is an old-fashioned swear word which means insignificant fellow, a fool or a simpleton. 

Mr Watson also accused Theresa May of trying to dodge scrutiny by refusing to take part in TV debates or meet undecided voters.

And he compared her to a robot over her slogan-heavy media appearances on the General Election campaign trail. 

He said: ‘She isn’t just trying to avoid scrutiny in the House of Commons, she’s trying to dodge scrutiny on the campaign trail too,’ he told the Usdaw union’s annual conference in Blackpool.

‘Refusing a TV debate against Jeremy Corbyn and the other party leaders. Visiting a workplace in Leeds – but only once all the actual workers have packed up and gone home for the night.

‘Filmed on the campaign trail in Wales – but only speaking to Conservative Party activists, not members of the public.

‘And on the few occasions she does let someone ask her a question, just repeating the same words over and over again.

‘A lot of people are worried about the risk of robots taking their jobs. I fear with this Prime Minister it’s already happened.’ 

Foreign Secretray Boris Johnson, pictured last year playing a spot of cricket, has become well-known for his colourful language and just as colourful photocalls

Foreign Secretray Boris Johnson, pictured last year playing a spot of cricket, has become well-known for his colourful language and just as colourful photocalls

Foreign Secretray Boris Johnson, pictured last year playing a spot of cricket, has become well-known for his colourful language and just as colourful photocalls

He claimed that Mrs May’s U-turn over calling an early election showed the Conservatives could not be trusted.

He said: ‘Theresa May was meant to be the Tory leader who tells it like it is.

‘A safe pair of hands. Someone to steady the ship. A Prime Minister who puts the country’s interests above those of her own party.

‘Now she’s been exposed for what she really is: a political opportunist who’s called an election she said she wouldn’t have because she thinks she can increase her narrow majority in Parliament.

‘We need to make her regret that decision.’ 

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