The Labour Party will be a meaner, nastier place without Tom Watson

L-R Natasha Kaplinsky Tracy Ann Oberman Tony Blair and Marie van der Zyl

L-R Natasha Kaplinsky Tracy Ann Oberman Tony Blair and Marie van der Zyl

"Tom will continue to play an active part in the General Election campaign, as the country faces a stark choice: transformational change for the many with Labour, or more divisive austerity politics serving the few with the Tories".

But just an hour after meeting Queen Elizabeth to formally begin the campaign, Johnson's minister for Wales, Alun Cairns, resigned after being accused of lying about his knowledge about an aide who allegedly sabotaged a rape trial. "I was really surprised at the security, it was rubbish and I walked right to the front of the room after he had finished speaking, said hello to him and got him to sign the piece of paper".

The Labour leader called off the attempt to clip Watson's wings at the last minute - but it prompted soul-searching among some centrist Labour MPs about whether they could continue in the party.

Referring to an investigation of Labour by Britain's top human rights body, van der Zyl said, "I know that he shares our horror that a creation of the last Labour Government, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has launched a statutory investigation in to whether the current Labour party itself is institutionally antisemitic".

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"Let's get Brexit done", Johnson (55) said outside his Downing Street official residence, adding that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would bring yet more turmoil with fresh referendums on European Union membership and Scottish independence. Corbyn said such remarks were "nonsense" that the super-rich came up with to avoid paying more tax.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson challenged the 70-year-old socialist to make clear his Brexit policy, because despite pledging to renegotiate the exit treaty, the party appears to be ready to campaign against its own deal in the proposed second referendum and back Remain.

That followed a foot-in-mouth moment from his ally Jacob Rees-Mogg, who had to "profoundly apologise" Tuesday for suggesting that some of the 72 victims of London's 2017 Grenfell Tower inferno could have survived if they followed their "common sense" and fled for safety.

In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn which was shared on his Twitter profile, Watson said that serving the Labour party "had been the privilege of a lifetime".

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He says he will continue to campaign for the party, and the decision was "personal, not political".

"They pretend that their hatred is directed only at certain billionaires - and they point their fingers at individuals with a relish and a vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks", he wrote. "They would destroy the very basis of this country's prosperity". Relatively affluent farmers, known as kulaks, were among the groups targeted. Surveys urged his predecessor Theresa Could had an enormous lead going right into a snap election in 2017, exclusively to see her parliamentary majority worn out.

"In the 2017 election, there were queues of experts. lining up at the beginning of the campaign to write off the Labor Party, and what happened then?"

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