I have no love for Lansman. He's an opportunist, who has risen on the back of others to get himself into a position of power in the party. As much as I love that Momentum rallied ordinary people, and got them into politics, ask anyone serious on the left of the party, and they'll tell you it's pretty much run it's corse. There was shown to be a serious lack of real democracy in the movement, which has seen many fine activists seek to disassociate themselves from Momentum. Obviously those lazy enough not to bother checking still paint those on the left of the party as being Momentum, but what ya gonna do?
The Watson thing is very ill timed, but I understand why it's been raised. He's been a thorn in the side of the leadership, shown contempt for his local CLP, and possibly the worse thing he's done was his treatment of Jenny Formby, while she's battling cancer. I was of the opinion his time would come, but not like this. Ironically, it's probably going to be Corbyn that's going to save him.
Let's not get outraged by this idea though. The deputy leader position was only created to placate the left of the party when Blair ran the show, when he put Jonh Prescott in place as his 'socialist beard'.
A broad church? Well that's ultimately what the party needs to be, but let's not pretend the right have been squeaky clean on this. Massive purges of new members when they had control of the NEC. Plus suspension for spurious reasons were common place in the build up to the second leadership contest. Then the second leader contest in its self. I've seen #stopthecoup trending on twitter. I wonder where they got that idea from?