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James Murdoch Faces Calls To Stand Down As Chairman Of BSkyB At Their AGM

Tom Watson and Alex Marunchak keep it civil at the Savile

3 April 2014 17:23

The potential for brouhaha lurks on any party guest list; but the stakes are not often as high as they were last night at the Savile Club, where hacks and… Continue reading

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Who would benefit from a ban on FOBTs?

22 February 2014 12:16

I wrote a piece about the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals uproar in the magazine this week, and it has prompted some angry responses by email and over social media. I’m told that I didn’t… Continue reading

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Damian McBride: press regulation ‘disgusts me’

10 October 2013 14:57

It was one of those parties where it was more interesting to see who wasn’t there, than who was. Last night, Damian McBride raised a glass at the Intercontinental in Westminster… Continue reading

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Referendum now: Tom Watson backs Tory rebels calling for early EU vote

6 October 2013 11:58

When Tom Watson left the Labour frontbench, he was fulsome in praise (in the correct sense of the phrase) for his leader. But since then, he’s not exactly been trying… Continue reading

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Tom Watson: the Labour man with a plan

4 September 2013 9:37

Ed Miliband needs to reassure his backbenchers that he does indeed have a good plan after the GMB union announced it was cutting its affiliation funds to the party by… Continue reading

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Watson interview piles pressure on Labour to publish Falkirk report

17 August 2013 11:31

Decca Aitkenhead has a history of producing revelatory August interviews that make tricky reading for the Labour leadership. Her 2008 interview with Alistair Darling involved the journalist following him around… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech On Reforming Labour's Links With Unions

The time has come for Ed Miliband to act

9 August 2013 17:24

Tom Watson might be preparing to fly half round the world to continue his fight against Rupert Murdoch. But Ed Miliband has still not named a replacement for Watson as… Continue reading

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What Tom Watson’s resignation means for Labour

4 July 2013 16:06

Tom Watson’s resignation from the shadow Cabinet won’t draw a line under the row about Unite’s influence over Labour. But, rather, it will escalate it. This is now a serious… Continue reading

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Breaking: Tom Watson resigns

4 July 2013 15:18

Tom Watson has announced he is standing down from his role as Labour general election co-ordinator. You can read the full text of his resignation letter to Ed Miliband below.… Continue reading

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Could Tom Watson have predicted what came from his statement at PMQs? Photo: Getty Images.

Harman: I cannot vouch for the strength of Tom Watson’s evidence

11 November 2012 15:09

Tom Watson’s Twitter feed has gone a bit quiet recently. Strange, as he is normally quite vocal about media ethics and their failings. But his silence is well-judged: when he… Continue reading

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Rob Wilson attacks Tom Watson on child abuse claims

9 November 2012 17:03

After Lord McAlpine’s statement this morning about the allegations and rumours of child abuse surrounding the Tory peer and other figures, Tory MP Rob Wilson has gone on the warpath… Continue reading

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Is Tom Watson making moolah from his Murdoch book? Image: Getty

Dial W for Wonga

31 October 2012 13:01

I gather that self-important Labour MP Tom Watson has earned £10,812 in royalties for the book he recently co-authored on phone-hacking, Dial M For Murdoch. New parliamentary records show that… Continue reading

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MPs squabble over their own phone hacking report

1 May 2012 12:48

The education select committee reported earlier, but it is the report of another select committee that will get all the attention today. The culture, media and sport select committee has… Continue reading

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The Blair-Brown wars continue

13 April 2012 16:10

It took the Tory party 15 years to recover from the bad blood created by Margaret Thatcher’s forced resignation. So it is, perhaps, unsurprising that five years on, the bitterness… Continue reading

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Murdoch denies all knowledge

10 November 2011 16:45

James Murdoch’s great advantage today was that he didn’t mind if people came away thinking he was a bit of an idiot. As various members of the Culture, Media and… Continue reading

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Tom Watson calls James Murdoch a "mafia boss"

10 November 2011 13:48

During Murdoch’s appearance before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has just concluded:

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Miliband tries to re-energise the Opposition

7 October 2011 12:56

The Labour reshuffle is an attempt to bring more energy and aggression into Ed Miliband’s top team. It is also a recognition that the party has failed to cut through… Continue reading

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Cameron’s letter to Watson

20 July 2011 17:16

Tom Watson fired a barb at David Cameron during the oral questions following the prime minister’s statement. He referred to a letter about allegations against Andy Coulson he had sent… Continue reading

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Regulators on the rack over phone hacking

5 July 2011 13:09

The latest, hideous developments in the phone hacking scandal are emblazoned across all this morning’s papers — all, that is, expect the tabloids. And our political leadership is putting voice… Continue reading

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Politics needs to respond to the changed phone hacking terrain

5 July 2011 11:03

The politics of the phone hacking saga have changed dramatically in the last 24 hours. Up to now, it has been a scandal that has been of huge interest in… Continue reading

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Coulson to stay

23 November 2010 12:25

The indefatigable Paul Waugh reports that Andy Coulson plans to break Tom Watson’s delicate heart: the government’s communications director is not going to resign for whatever it is that he… Continue reading

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Sense in Balls

6 November 2010 19:44

Ed Balls has a reputation as a master of subterfuge and vicious smear – undeserved I’m sure. But the Shadow Home Secretary is right, incontrovertibly so, when he says that… Continue reading

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The Coulson saga rumbles on

6 November 2010 16:22

Andy Coulson had a chat and a Bath Oliver with the Met recently. Rejoice! The News of the World phone tapping story continues. The allegations against Coulson do the government… Continue reading

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Labour get the inquiry they wanted

9 September 2010 14:15

To these eyes, this afternoon’s phone hacking debate was a surprisingly sedate affair. Chris Bryant – proposing a motion to have an inquiry conducted by the Standards and Privileges committee… Continue reading

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Coulson loosens the noose

6 September 2010 12:52

The New York Times has produced what last year’s Guardian phone-hacking campaign lacked: direct testimony against Andy Coulson. Sean Hoare and an unnamed former News of the Screws editor allege… Continue reading

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