Corbyn Supporters Plan Tom Watson Speech Walkout At Labour Party Conference
24 September 2019, 11:04 | Updated: 24 September 2019, 11:06
Tom Watson, who recently overcame an attempt to remove his position as deputy leader, is now facing a walkout from Corbyn supporters at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.
A leaflet that was being handed out outside the conference venue urges Jeremy Corbyn supporters to protest during Tom Watson's speech.
The speech, which is expected to begin at 2.15pm, will stage a "pro-Corbyn rally outside the Grand Hotel".
It is being organised by the Labour left alliance.
The leaflet accuses Tom Watson of being "on the wrong side" of the battle for the future of the Labour party.
It reads that "Tom Watson has done everything in his power to sabotage and undermine" Jeremy Corbyn.
The protest, it says, is to "show, with a variety of actions, that Tom Watson does not speak for us".
It is calling on him to resign.
The protest is, in one part, a walkout.
Some delegates, however, "may stay and sing 'Oh, Jeremy Corbyn'" and others may "boycott Watson's speech all together."
Some Twitter users
Tom is a danger to the Labour Party.— Nadeem Ahmed (@Muqadaam) September 23, 2019
When Corbyn and the party need unity Tom sharpens his knife to stab Corbyn and damage the party. #WatsonWalkOut
I'm tempted to take the day off work and travel to Conference just to join the #WatsonWalkOut— Mark Harris (@MHarris360) September 23, 2019
Others thought it was a bad idea:
#WatsonWalkOut. FFS, some people need to grow up! The future of this country has never been more perilous and these morons would rather points score than engage in meaningful debate. You're supposed to represent a political party not a kid's birthday party!— Tri Form (@triformsports) September 24, 2019
#WatsonWalkOut or, actually, demonstrate @labour is fit for government by respectfully actually listening to other points of view within the party. Demonstrate that you could be sufficiently grown up to run the country.— Clare Dewhirst (@DewhirstC) September 24, 2019