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The politicians’ Royal Charter on press regulation has helped to “stave off” more draconian measures, the Culture Secretary has claimed. The day after the cross-party Charter was approved by the Privy Council, Maria Miller stressed that... Continue to article
David Davis said David Cameron “didn’t know how to deal” with the furore on press practices which led to the Leveson inquiry. “I think he didn’t know how to deal with it, truthfully. I actually don’t think this is what they planned. I th... Continue to article
Tom Watson said he would support Tory MP Adam Afriyie’s amendment calling for the planned EU referendum to take place next year, not in 2017. “I don’t want to add to the PM’s panic, but I will probably be supporting Adam Afriyie with his... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Michael Dugher is in his Commons office, desperately trying to move a Nottingham Forest beermat out of shot of The House’s photographer. He may be a loyal fan, but the Barnsley East ... Continue to article
You can read a full transcript of this interview here. When Jon Cruddas looks out from the Labour conference platform in Brighton this weekend, he may have an otherworldly expression on his face. The Dagenham and Rainham MP wo... Continue to article
Tom Watson said Karie Murphy and Stephen Deans were owed an apology from the Labour party after they were cleared of allegations of vote rigging in the Falkirk selection process. “I don’t know whether Ed [Miliband] should [apologise], bu... Continue to article
Eric Joyce characterised the outcome of the investigation into the Falkirk selection process as a defeat for the Labour leadership at the hands of Unite and Tom Watson. "I have no doubt in my mind that people who didn’t know each other c... 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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