There is a coup going on in the Labour party. Meanwhile, deputy leader Tom Watson is having a whale of a time at Glastonbury

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Sunday 26 June 2016 11:00
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UPDATE: seven shadow cabinet members have now officially tendered their resignation. Watson was spotted waiting for a train to London this morning.

This is the third morning in a row the country has woken up, experienced a fleeting moment of normality, then had the sinking realisation that everything has gone to sh-t again.

On Sunday every news outlet was reporting that shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn has been sacked after trying to mount a coup against the embattled leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn.

(Benn has just appeared on The Andrew Marr show saying that he wouldn't use the word 'coup' himself, but Corbyn needs to go to give the party a chance at forming an effective opposition).

Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander was next to up sticks, announcing her resignation from the shadow cabinet early on Sunday. More walk outs are expected through out the day.

The Labour party appears to be imploding, an event triggered by the uncertainties of Britain's future now we've decided to leave the EU, with particular criticism reserved for Corbyn for his lacklustre campaigning for Remain ahead of the referendum, and the fact there might be another general election as early as next year.

So where is deputy leader Tom Watson, Corbyn's 'enforcer', at this unprecedented moment of crisis in Corbyn's leadership?

He's, umm, having a bloody great time at Glastonbury, by the looks of it.

Corbyn, Watson and shadow chancellor John McDonnell were all scheduled to speak at the music festival this weekend, but two of the three pulled out to focus on the momentous events of this week.

Not Watson, though. He was filmed on Snapchat at a silent disco around 1am last night, around the same time Corbyn gave Benn the sack.


Maybe he just didn't have any phone signal?

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