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Tom Watson lined up for peerage by Jeremy Corbyn

By Peter Madeley | Sandwell | Politics | Published:

Tom Watson is set to enter the House of Lords after Jeremy Corbyn recommended him for a peerage.

Former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is expected to be offered a peerage

According to reports the former Labour deputy leader, who stood down ahead of the general election, is expected to receive a peerage in the forthcoming dissolution honours list.

Labour is also said to have put forward former Speaker John Bercow, who was a Conservative MP before spending 10 years presiding over the Commons.

Mr Corbyn has faced criticism for another reported nominee – his former chief of staff Karie Murphy – due to her role in the party's handling of anti-Semitism cases, which is expected to be scrutinised in an ongoing probe by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Mr Watson's nomination comes despite a number of clashes with Mr Corbyn in recent years.

The pair's relationship appeared to be on an even keel following the 2017 general election, but it deteriorated drastically after Mr Watson publicly criticised the Labour leadership over Brexit and anti-Semitism.

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Mr Watson, who was the MP for West Bromwich East for 19 years, stood down in November, saying his reasons were "personal not political".

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His latest book Downsizing is a best seller and he has another one due out later this year, a political thriller called The House which is tagged as "a story of cold-blooded ambition, hope, friendship... and betrayal".

Meanwhile Mr Bercow was the first Speaker in more than two centuries not to immediately enter the Lords upon stepping down.

He repeatedly clashed with the Conservatives during his time in the chair, and was accused of showing bias towards Labour and against Brexit legislation.

The Jewish Labour Movement has said that Ms Murphy’s nomination was "deeply inappropriate" and should be "rescinded immediately".

Labour has declined to publicly comment on any of the reported nominations.

Any prospective peerages could be vetoed as the House of Lords Appointments Commission must vet all nominees.

Peter Madeley

By Peter Madeley
@P_Madeley_Star

Political Editor for the Express & Star. Responsible for local and national political stories, opinion, comment and analysis.

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