The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Tom Wat­son has an­nounced that he is step­ping down as deputy leader of the Labour Party.

In a shock an­nounce­ment, Mr Wat­son said that he would not be seek­ing re-elec­tion as an MP in the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion.

In a let­ter to Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn, he said that the time had come to “start a dif­fer­ent kind of life”.

“The de­ci­sion is per­sonal, not po­lit­i­cal,” he said.

“The last few years have been among the most trans­for­ma­tional of my per­sonal life, sec­ond only to be­com­ing a proud

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