Tom Watson Sparks Row With Jeremy Corbyn Over Claim ‘Trotskyist Entryists’ Will Destroy Labour

A war of words has broken out at the top of Labour this afternoon as Jeremy Corbyn accused his deputy of “patronising members and peddling baseless conspiracy theories”.

Corbyn launched the attack after Tom Watson claimed Trotskyists had infiltrated the Labour party and would end up destroying it, and were “twisting young arms” in the process. 

The Labour leader hit back, saying Watson was indulging in the “Project Fear” tactics employed by leadership rival Owen Smith.

Watson made the comments in an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday as he spelt out his fears for Labour’s future.

He said: “There are some old hands twisting young arms in this process, and I’m under no illusions about what’s going on.

“They are caucusing and factionalising and putting pressure where they can, and that’s how Trotsky entryists operate.

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