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Professor Tim Bale, Labour’s Tom Watson steps into limelight

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As the UK’s main opposition party gropes for new leadership after its crushing defeat in this month’s general election, Tom Watson has emerged as a key player who may be the party’s deputy leader by September – reports the FT. Professor Tim Bale said: “There are some people who absolutely love him, he has been very crafty during the election, positioning himself as a real grassroots campaigner. Then there are others who see him as a throwback to the bad old days of machine politics under Gordon Brown.”
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