Tom Watson is the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, and has been since September 2015. On 14th June 2016 he told the BBC:
For the last decade, I would say that immigration has been the backdrop to every election we’ve had in Britain. And you know, woe betide politicians that don’t listen to what voters tell them.
You know, I think a future Europe will have to look at things like the free movement of labour rules.
He also stated that Labour needed to do more to explain its position to voters.
The referendum held on 23rd June 2016 voted to leave the European Union, which would have come as a disappointment to Watson as he had actively campaigned to remain.
On 30th March 2019 Watson wrote an article for The Guardian about Labour adopting “a position on Brexit that can unite our members, voters, MPs and, yes, the leadership too”. This was what he wrote about finding a common position on the divisive topic of immigration:
Labour voters should ask themselves a simple question about Tom Watson. Three years ago he said it was important to listen to what they wanted. But after the passing of three years, he cannot communicate what he believes about an issue that was so important before the referendum that he promised all politicians “will have to look at it”.
Is Watson’s philosophy that it is fine to look as much as you like, so long as you do not touch?