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Tom Watson quits as Labour deputy leader and steps down as MP

Tom Watson quits as Labour deputy leader and steps down as MP

Earlier, Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly spent the morning defending distributing a doctored video clip of a rival Labour Party politician instead of touting Johnson's election campaign launch.

Watson also narrowly avoided being removed from his position during the Labour Party conference in September, with Jeremy Corbyn deciding to personally intervene in the situation, urging members of Labour's ruling body, the NEC, against pushing forward with a vote on a motion to effectively abolish Watson's position.

"Now the time has come for you to come clean", Johnson told Corbyn in a letter released by his office.

- Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns faced calls to resign after being accused of lying about his knowledge of an allegation that a Conservative candidate had sabotaged a rape trial.

The Conservatives' marketing campaign has already bought off to a nasty begin after minister Jacob Rees-Mogg apologised on Tuesday for suggesting victims of the blaze at London's Grenfell Tower, which killed 71 folks, ought to have used frequent sense to disregard firefighters' directions to remain within the burning constructing.

The fire brigade had instructed people to stay put and wait to be rescued.

Britain's intelligence services and the Foreign Office are anxious that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn could put national security at risk if he wins the December general elections and becomes the next prime minister, The Times reported citing sources within Whitehall.

Watson, a vocal proponent of remaining in the European Union, has been highly critical of Corbyn's leadership on a number of issues including Brexit.

"They pretend that their hatred is directed only at certain billionaires - and they point their fingers at individuals with a relish and a vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks", he wrote. Relatively affluent farmers, known as kulaks, were among the groups targeted.

He added: "Our many shared interests are less well known than our political differences, but I will continue to devote myself to the things we often talk about: gambling reform, music and arts, stopping press intrusion, obesity and public health and of course horticulture and cycling". "People I know, people I've worked with".

Corbyn on Twitter dismissed the accusation as "nonsense".

He is using a speech in Telford, Shropshire, on Wednesday to insist the party will deliver "real change" and that he will be a different kind of prime minister if elected on December 12.

"I don't do personal attacks", he said.

Both Labour and the Tories will also be watching wearily as anti-EU populist Nigel Farage's Brexit Party - which won European elections in May - tries to regain ground since lost at the polls.

He wrote in comments splashed on the Telegraph's frontpage: "The tragedy of the modern Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn is that they detest the profit motive so viscerally-and would raise taxes so wantonly-that they would destroy the very basis of this country's prosperity".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson listens to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons, London.