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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has said his party will vote down any Parliamentary changes to the TV Licence fee, following the Conservatives entering coalition talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party. Yesterday afternoon Watson wrote to Conservative culture secretary Karen Bradley to "defend" the BBC "against …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jun 2017

Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as the new leader of the Labour Party, following a three-month-long contest. The left-winger won 59.5 per cent of the votes to secure the leadership. Outspoken backbencher Tom Watson was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party on Saturday morning. Watson, speaking ahead of Corbyn's storming …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Sep 2015
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Met's email hack probe turns spotlight on The Times - MP

Scotland Yard officers investigating allegations of computer hacking by News International staff have declined to "give a running commentary" on their probe, batting away MP Tom Watson's narration of the saga. The Labour backbencher and member of the culture, media and sport select committee had said earlier on Twitter: The …
Kelly Fiveash, 2 Feb 2012
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Everyone knew NoTW 'rogue reporter' bit was untrue

James Murdoch was made aware in 2008 that alleged phone-hacking practices at the News of the World went beyond "one rogue reporter", the former legal manager of News Group Newspapers claimed to MPs today. Tom Crone said that an email with the subject line "For Neville" was "the first piece of evidence we'd seen that showed [ …
Kelly Fiveash, 6 Sep 2011
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Cameron: Murdoch son of Murdoch needs another grilling

Prime Minister David Cameron has called on News Corp chairman James Murdoch to face further questions from MPs about the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed his family media empire. The PM's comments follow Labour MP Tom Watson's formal request that police look into evidence Murdoch gave to the media select committee …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Jul 2011
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Thomas and Maude stage open info Commons love-in

The Westminster love-in reached critical proportions this week, threatening to engulf Labour tech specialist Tom Watson. Watson apparently has been doing his damndest to embarrass the new administration by asking questions such as how many plasma and LCD TVs ministers have in their offices. The answer, it would seem, is a fair …
Joe Fay, 11 Jun 2010
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MP urges Royal Mail rethink on postcode site takedown

Tom Watson MP has fired off a letter of complaint to the Royal Mail Group, in which he grumbles that the UK postal service’s legal action against a two-man operated postcode lookup site was a "heavy handed" and "deeply regrettable" move. The Labour politician and ex-government minister for digital engagement asked the Royal …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Oct 2009
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MP asks Why are you still using IE6?

Tom Watson MP has spent the last few days asking government departments when they intend to upgrade their web browsers from IE6. Yes, that's Internet Explorer 6. Responses ranged from departments which are in the process of upgrading like the Department of Justice and Foreign Office to the MoD, which has no intention of doing …
John Oates, 15 Jul 2009
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Whitehall orders green paint for IT dept

Whitehall has set out its plan for slashing the carbon footprint of its computer systems, and will send someone round to turn off all its PCs as early as this evening. A report released today, under the hideous title Greening Government IT, says that the UK gov’s computer systems pump out 460,000 tonnes of carbon a year, a …
Joe Fay, 17 Jul 2008
The Register breaking news launches data mash-up competition

The UK government is starting a competition to find funky, Web 2.0 ways to mash up its data, man. Suggestions like "put it on an unencrypted CD and lose it" will not be welcome. Or leave it on a laptop on a train. Or dump a file on a train. Or so on ad nauseum. Instead, cabinet office minister Tom Watson is offering a …
John Oates, 2 Jul 2008
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New(ish) Labour plans Whitehall 2.0

The UK government has dulled the glamorous sheen of Web 2.0 by pledging guidelines on how civil servants should exploit use social media for developing policies and getting their messages out to the public. The Cabinet Office has published an Interim Progress Report on its information strategy, carried out by Tom Steinberg and …
Joe Fay, 2 Apr 2008

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