Tom Watson: ‘hard left’ risking Labour’s election chances amid Hodge row

Deputy Labour leader criticises party for wasting time and effort on local selection battles

Tom Watson has accused a “hard-left faction” of jeopardising Labour’s electoral chances by forcing MPs to waste time and effort on local selection battles, after Margaret Hodge became the second MP to face reselection.

Hodge has vowed to campaign to remain Labour’s candidate for Barking, after local members voted for her to face an open selection in the “trigger ballot” process.

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