South Shields MP backs Tom Watson for Labour deputy leadership

Emma Lewell-Buck MP.
Emma Lewell-Buck MP.

SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck has revealed who she wants to be deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Mrs Lewell-Buck has already stated that she is backing shadow health secretary Andy Burnham to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader after the party’s General Election defeat.

Now she has tweeted her support for West Midlands MP Tom Watson to be his deputy, saying: “Strong field of MPs for deputy leader, I am backing @tom_watson he is a great campaigner.”

Mr Watson is the frontrunner for the job – with many of his opponents struggling to even get on the ballot paper ahead of the cut off for nominations at the weekend.

So far he has at least 54 nominations from MPs – well over the 35 minimum required to get on the ballot paper.

Speaking of Mr Burnham, Mrs Lewell-Buck said: “He understands Labour needs to change after our defeat in the election, but he won’t allow the party to lose touch with the working people that the Labour Party was founded to serve.”