Tom Watson accuses 'hard-left faction' over Margaret Hodge reselection effort

Deputy Labour leader says vote to make MP face open selection risks party’s election chancesTom Watson has accused a “hard-left faction” of jeopardising Labour’s electoral chances by forcing MPs to waste time and effort on local selection battles,...

Tom Watson accuses 'hard-left faction' over Margaret Hodge reselection effort

Deputy Labour leader says vote to make MP face open selection risks party’s election chances

Tom Watson has accused a “hard-left faction” of jeopardising Labour’s electoral chances by forcing MPs to waste time and effort on local selection battles, after Margaret Hodge became the second MP to face reselection.

Hodge has vowed to campaign to remain Labour’s candidate for Barking, after local members voted for her to face an open selection in the so-called “trigger ballot” process.

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