Tom Watson Slaps Down Heckler With Dig At Jeremy Corbyn, Tells Labour To Stop Trashing Blair And Brown

During his speech, Watson also praised London “spectacular” mayor Sadiq Khan. However Corbyn appeared not to clap while other senior Labour figures on the stage joined in with many in the crowd. Khan backed Owen Smith in the leadership contest.

“What a champion he is,” Watson said of Khan. What an outstanding representative of our great national capital and our historic socialist party, still relevant, resonate, and winning elections in one of the most dynamic cities on earth.”

Watson’s praise of Khan for winning an election was also heckled from the crowd. “Just like Jeremy Corbyn,” one man shouted. Watson replied: “Indeed.”

Labour’s deputy leader’s focus on the need for Labour to win power echoed the comments by Khan earlier in the day. London’s mayor said Labour had to win by “not just talking the talk, but walking the walk too”.

Khan’s speech, which was seen as a less than coded message to Corbyn about the need to reach out beyond Labour’s base to win elections, mentioned the word “power” 38 times.

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