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Tributes have been pouring in for RMT union boss Bob Crow, who died this morning. The RMT released a statement saying: “It is with the deepest regret that we confirm our General Secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours.” ... Continue to article
Tom Watson lamented the fact that the row between Harriet Harman and the Daily Mail had taken precedence over the victims of members of the Paedophile Information Exchange. “There will be many victims out there who will be looking at thi... Continue to article
Senior Labour MP Tom Watson today called for Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt to quit as a lecturer after he crossed a picket line to deliver a talk on Marxism at a London university. Continue to article
Tom Watson has said Labour "owed" it to the unions to treat them with "respect" given their involvement in the party. The Labour deputy chairman said the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls had been wrong not to have forewarned the unions he would support the public sector pay freeze.
News International have reached a £2m settlement with the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, after her phone was allegedly hacked by journalists working for the Sun and News of the World. Rupert Murdoch will donate a further £1m to charity. The money will be split across Shooting Star Chase, Child Victims of Crime, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Braintumouruk.org.uk and Cancer Research.
The donation comes as Rupert Murdoch attends the News Corp annual shareholders meeting in America, where he will face Tom Watson, who is intending to make dramatic allegations about News Corp's use of surveillance.
Tom Watson has been told to step down from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee by its Chairman, after Ed Miliband promoted him to the Shadow Cabinet. Mr Watson, who was instrumental in questioning the Murdochs about the scandal, was promoted to Deputy Chair of the Labour Party in a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle. Conservative MP John Whittingdale, who is also the committee Chairman, said parliamentary convention dictated that members of the shadow cabinet should not sit on backbench committees.
George Osborne has spent over £30,000 of public money refurbishing his 11 Downing Street residence and Number 10 flat. The information was uncovered by the Daily Telegraph through an FOI request. Labour MP Tom Watson said Mr Osborne had failed to “take a leadership position” over austerity.
Labour MP Tom Watson is to join forces with US lawyers suing News Corp, the Financial Times reports. Mr Watson is also planning to join a protest at the company's annual meeting this week. His stand comes as Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB is predicted to report consistent growth for the first-quarter thanks to the selling of extended products to existing customers. Profits at the pay-for-TV company remain strong despite fresh allegations that heir-apparent, James Murdoch, had to sign off for any phone-hacking costs exceeding £250,000.
The Metropolitan Police is seeking a court order under the Official Secrets Act demanding that The Guardian newspaper reveal its sources over the phone hacking scandal. Labour's Tom Watson said that the move was "outrageous" and "completely unacceptable". Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian's editor, said the paper would "resist this extraordinary demand to the utmost."
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