September 21, 2019 / 9:42 AM / 3 months ago

Motion to oust Labour Party deputy leader withdrawn - lawmaker

FILE PHOTO: Labour MP Mary Creagh arrives to lay flowers in tribute to Jo Cox, near the scene where she was killed in Birstall near Leeds, June 16, 2016.REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - A motion to abolish the position of deputy leader at Britain’s main opposition Labour Party in a bid to oust Tom Watson, whose position on Brexit differs from leader Jeremy Corbyn, has been withdrawn, lawmaker Mary Creagh said on Saturday.

Citing disloyalty over Brexit at a meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee on Friday, Jon Lansman, the founder of the left-wing grassroots movement Momentum, had proposed abolishing the deputy’s post, according to two party officials.

“I understand the motion against Tom Watson has been withdrawn,” Creagh said on Twitter.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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