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Tom Watson lends support to 'passionate' Dennis Skinner

CAMPAIGNING Labour MP Tom Watson condemned parliamentary colleagues yesterday for voting veteran leftwinger Dennis Skinner off the party’s executive.

In a blog for the Mirror, Mr Watson described the “Beast of Bolsover” as “the angriest, most passionate, most authentic MP Labour has.”

He called for Ed Miliband to offer Mr Skinner one of his personal appointments to the committee — traditionally only given to arch-loyalists.

Describing the vote as “stupid, stupid, stupid,” Mr Watson said many MPs who voted to oust Mr Skinner “are not fit to polish his pit boots.”

Labour is currently balloting members on who will represent lay members on the NEC.

Two further representatives will be elected by Labour councillors.

Leftwinger Alice Perry, a member of Islington council, is pressing for a manifesto commitment to end local government cuts.

Mr Watson described the NEC as “the body that upholds the integrity of 100 years of working-class aspiration.”

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