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Tom Watson MP: Labour - West Bromwich East

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Tom for Deputy 

1 Jun 15

Hello.


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Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw 

23 Feb 15

Both Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw deny being involved in a ‘cash for access’ scandal.


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Commons: Written Statement (HCWS251) 

4 Feb 15

General (Mr Francis Maude) on 04 Feb 2015.


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My submission to the Governance of the House Committee 

17 Dec 14

In making this submission, I invite the Governance of the House Committee to consider the case for a separation of the Chief Executive role from that of the Chief Clerk.


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Review of House of Commons management 

17 Dec 14

I’ve just received this note about the review of House of Commons management.


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Response to the Exaro/Sunday People allegations 

15 Nov 14

Exaro and the Sunday People have published a story regarding allegations of child murder.


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Definition of Passion 

30 Oct 14

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The child abuse inquiry 

9 Sep 14

The Home Secretary appointed Fiona Woolf to chair the child abuse inquiry on Friday.


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Response to a Freedom of Information Request from East of England Ambulance Service 

14 Aug 14

When I get responses like the ones below it always hardens my resolve to get to the facts.


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Daily Mail front page story covering the death of Robin Williams 

13 Aug 14

I received this email today: Dear Mr Watson Can you help? Have you seen the Daily Mail front page? I’m so upset that this sort of detail is being reported – my daughter xxxxx has attempted suicide and I can just feel people like her seeing …


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Dr Anthony Marsh, East of England Ambulance Service and “cronyism” 

26 Jul 14

I was taken aback when my local paper, the express and star ran a story about a banker style bonus for Dr Anthony Marsh.


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Comment of the PM’s announcement of a renewed Home Office review 

5 Jul 14

So the Prime Minister has announced a review of the Dickens dossiers – a year after the Home Secretary announced a review, of the Dickens dossiers.


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Letter to Theresa May regarding PIE 

5 Jul 14

Theresa May_Home Office_PIE…


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Letters from Home Office Permanent Secretary to the PM and Keith Vaz MP 

5 Jul 14

Letter to Prime Minister Letter to Keith Vaz MP…


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Most newspapers have bought government spin about mobile phone network roaming. Here’s a little rant about why Cameron’s announcement is a gimmick that could leave consumers paying more. 

21 Jun 14

The government has announced that it’s considering mandating the UK’s mobile networks to allow national roaming .


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Letter to David Cameron – European Court of Justice Judgement 

10 Apr 14

Dear David The speed with which you responded to publication of Sir Antony May the Interception Commissioner’s report yesterday was impressive.


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Drones report – we need an informed public debate 

25 Mar 14

Response to the Defence Select Committee report on Drone use .


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Under 45? You’re being screwed. 

21 Mar 14

“What do you think of Western civilisation?” A journalist once asked of Gandhi.


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Why Labour HAS to oppose Osborne’s tax bribe over pensions 

20 Mar 14

The annuities market evolved in the UK as an early example of the state, the individual and the private sector co-operating to protect one another from the everyday risks that we all face.


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Did Britain help India plan the raid on the Golden Temple? 

13 Jan 14

The ‘Stop Deportations’ web site carries “Top Secret and Personal” documents purporting to come from the National Archives and recently made public under the 30 year rule for Cabinet papers.


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Numbers of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). 

8 Jan 14

I don’t think the PM knew his facts earlier today.


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David Cameron and Ed Miliband on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals at PMQs today 

8 Jan 14

Below, the transcript of the exchange between Ed Miliband and David Cameron at PMQs.


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Rest In Peace Dave Lawley 

21 Dec 13

We said goodbye to a Sandwell legend this week.


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Please help protect journalist Rami Aysha from illegal imprisonment and torture. 

6 Dec 13

Rami Aysha is described by New York artist and writer Molly Crabapple as the most “badass journalist” she has ever met.


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The bubble within the bubble of the Autumn Statement 

6 Dec 13

MORI have just put out the first snap poll in response to the Autumn Statement .


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I backed the wrong horse today 

4 Dec 13

It was bound to happen one day.


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Flag Day 

21 Nov 13

Too many florence nightingales Not enough robin hoods Too many halos not enough heroes Coming up with the goods So you though you’d like to change the world Decided to stage a jumble sale For the poor, for the poor It’s a waste of time if…


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Letter to William Hague 

7 Nov 13

The Rt Hon William Hague MP Foreign Secretary Foreign and Commonwealth Office King Charles Street London SW1A 2AH 7 November 2013 Dear Mr Hague I am writing regarding the report in yesterday’s Independent that a UK airbase, RAF Croughton, “sent …


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Ed Miliband speech on the cost of living crisis 

5 Nov 13

It is great to be here in Battersea with you today.


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Oversight of the intelligence and security services 

31 Oct 13

The speech I would have delivered in Westminster Hall in  full had debate speeches not been cut short.


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Media Zoo: The Child Labour “specialists” whose senior staff used to work for the BBC’s consumer programme Watchdog. 

22 Oct 13

It Looks like Ineos, the chemicals company controlled by billionaire hedge fund owner, Jim Ratcliffe (seemingly from a “floating palace” ), has hired crisis PR people to handle the dispute at the Grangemouth oil refinery.


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Hacked Off on the Royal Charter 

11 Oct 13

Professor Brian Cathcart, Executive Director of Hacked Off said: “Hacked Off, and the victims of press abuse for whom we speak, are pleased to see the publication today of the final text of the Royal Charter on the Press.


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Ministry of Defence on Drones: a lesson on opacity and obfuscation 

3 Oct 13

Last week, the Information Tribunal heard an appeal brought by Chris Cole of Drone Wars UK.


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Real disposable income between 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 

19 Sep 13

How should I represent these figures visually? Can you suggest the best way? Percentage change in real disposable income across the income distribution, between 2010/11 and 2011/12 Change 5th percentile 0.5% 10th percentile -2.5% 15th percentile -2.6% …


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Royal Aeronautical Society lecture: the work of the APPG on Drones at the “Unmanned Aviation: Challenges for growth” conference. 

16 Sep 13

It’s fair to say I got a mixed reception for today’s talk on the work of the APPG on drones and the challenges as I saw them from a policy maker’s perspective.


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Labourlist Rally at Labour Party Conference 2013, Sunday 30th October. Speakers include: Polly Toynbee, Stella Creasy, Owen Jones, Sadiq Khan, Chuka Umuna and Mark Ferguson. 

12 Sep 13

The LabourList Rally: Countdown to 2015 6:30 pmDe Vere Grand Hotel, Charlotte Room I’m told there will be free drinks at this event too.


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Written Statement from the Home Secretary on the Daniel Morgan inquiry 

11 Sep 13

HOME OFFICE Daniel Morgan The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May): Further to my Statement of 10 May 2013 announcing the creation of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel, I can today announce that the Chair, Sir Stanley Burnton, …


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Falkirk 

6 Sep 13

Labour Party The Labour Party began an internal process to examine the controversy surrounding the selection of a parliamentary candidate for Falkirk.


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Unity is strength 

4 Sep 13

Like many members of the Labour Party I’ve always taken comfort in the knowledge that I’m part of a movement, not just a political party.


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UK Legal Advice on Use of Military Action in Syria 

29 Aug 13

CHEMICAL WEAPON USE BY SYRIAN REGIME – UK GOVERNMENT LEGAL POSITION 1.


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Report on Chemical Weapons Use in Syria 

29 Aug 13

From the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee Ref: Jp 115 Prime Minister 29 August 2013 SYRIA: REPORTED CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE Following the widespread open source reports of chemical weapons (CW) use in the suburbs of Damascus in the early …


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Government motion and Labour amendment on Syria likely to be voted on today. 

29 Aug 13

My team have prepared a quick note on Labour press statements and the motions for discussion in the Commons today.


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Are you an official of the Federal Government in Australia? Have you recently met with Mark Textor? This information is for you. 

30 Jul 13

Last week I asked a polite question to Mark Textor of Crosby Textor about the failure of his company to register as lobbyists with the Federal government in Australia.


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Yvette Cooper amplifies calls for Twitter to address targeted abuse and threats 

28 Jul 13

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities,  has today written to the UK head of Twitter following the online abuse of a journalist campaigning for Jane Austen to appear on British banknotes.


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Now Osborne evades the Crosby questions 

25 Jul 13

GEORGE OSBORNE – Crosby ITV News Thursday 25 July 2013 Speakers George Osborne Richard Edgar RE: Lynton Crosby – where was the Principles of Engagement agreement drawn up between him and… about his new role? Was it at the time of his …


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Operation Fernbridge Charges 

22 Jul 13

I’m delighted to see the dedicated Operation Fernbridge team at the Metropolitan police pass another milestone in a very difficult investigation involving complex historic allegations.


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David Cameron avoids the tobacco lobbyist question again 

22 Jul 13

DAVID CAMERON – Crosby ITV clip Monday, 22 July 2013   Speakers         David Cameron                            Chris Ship CS:                   I don’t know how Lynton Crosby’s feeling after …


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David Cameron’s “tell” on Marr this morning 

21 Jul 13

David Cameron said something unusual on the Marr programme this morning.


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Letter to Senator Rockefeller 

4 Jul 13

Senator John D.


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Independence day resignation letter 

4 Jul 13

Ed Miliband MP Leader of the Opposition House of Commons London SW1A 0AA 4 nd  July 2013 Dear Ed, I said that I’d stay with you as general election co-ordinator within the Shadow Cabinet as long as I was useful.







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