"I had heard from the media that Tom Watson has resigned.
I had been intending to dismiss him, but wanted to extend to him the courtesy of speaking to him first. Had he come to me privately and expressed his view about the leadership, that would have been one thing.
But to sign a round robin letter which was then leaked to the press was disloyal, discourteous and wrong. It would therefore have been impossible for him to remain in government."
I hope someone starts a leadership contest as soon as poss. Why wait a year. What good does it do anybody, apart from stroke Blair's ego