LABOUR exploded into all-out war on the eve of its conference today after Jeremy Corbyn’s allies launched a shock bid to kick Tom Watson out as deputy leader.
Momentum boss Jon Lansman tabled a motion to abolish the position of deputy at a meeting of party chiefs this evening.
Party insiders told The Sun that Mr Lansman slammed Mr Watson – a leading Remainer – for being “disloyal on Europe”.
And he then sprung a shock motion to the National Executive Committee (NEC) calling for the party position to be scrapped.
The motion was ruled out of order – but the Corbyn-controlled body will vote again on it today.
Mr Watson was not at the meeting because he was busy looking after his children.
Sources close to the Labour deputy furiously accused Mr Corbyn of seizing on his absence to give the go-ahead to the attempted purge.
One insider told The Sun: This would not have happened without Jeremy’s approval.”
As deputy, Mr Watson is directly elected by Labour members and therefore cannot be sacked by Mr Corbyn.
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He has been an outspoken critic of Mr Corbyn and the hard-left regime he has ushered in.
He has broken ranks to publicly demand Labour become an all-out Remain backing party if there is a second referendum.
And he has slammed the leader for failing to tackle the anti-Semitism crisis which is tearing Labour apart.
The move to oust him will send massive shockwaves through the party, which meets tomorrow in Brighton for its five-day long conference.
The bombshell row comes after a devastating poll yesterday revealed that Mr Corbyn least popular Opposition leader since records began.
An Ipsos MORI poll found that a whopping 76 per cent of Brits are dissatisfied with Mr Corbyn while just 16 per cent are happy with him.
It means the hard-left Labour boss has a satisfaction score of minus 60 – the lowest of any Opposition leader since their records began in 1977.
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This is even lower than Michael Foot, who scored a minus 56 in August 1982.
Mr Foot led Labour to a devastating defeat against Margaret Thatcher the following year with a manifesto dubbed “the longest suicide note in history”.
Mr Corbyn was ridiculed for his muddled Brexit position after he refused eight times to say if he is pro Leave or Remain in a telly interview.
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