Murdoch Nemesis Watson Leads U.K. Labour Deputy Leadership Race

Labour MP Tom Watson

Labour MP Tom Watson

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Tom Watson, a Labour Party lawmaker who was a prominent member of the campaign to expose phone hacking at U.K. papers owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., led a field of five nominees for the opposition party’s deputy leadership.

Watson secured the nominations of 62 fellow lawmakers, and was installed as favorite to win the contest by bookmaker Ladbrokes Plc. Caroline Flint, the party’s energy spokeswoman, won 43 nominations, Labour said on its website.

With the support of 35 fellow lawmakers needed to secure nomination, Angela Eagle, Ben Bradshaw and Stella Creasy all managed to pass the threshold before nominations closed at noon on Wednesday after a sixth candidate, Rushanara Ali, withdrew. They secured 38, 37, and 35 nominations respectively, according to the statement.

The results of the party’s leadership and deputy leadership contests will be announced on Sept. 12.

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