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Guantánamo Bay inmates Ahmed Rabbani and Khalid Qasim have gone 26 days without food. President Trump has to take notice, and give them a fair trial. I’m going on hunger strike from today. I’m not allowing myself anything but sips of water.feedback
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Oct 17 2017 Trump Presidency
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Tom Watson is associated, including Europe, labor, and matter. Most recently, Tom Watson has been quoted saying: “They chose to fight Mr Hurst's claim in court rather than taking responsibility for the crimes that took place on their watch. As the phone-hacking scandal demonstrated, this is not an isolated incident but a pattern of behaviour. It is important that there is public and political faith in the CMA investigation and that you take all relevant evidence, including Friday's settlement, into account.” in the article News Group hacking admission relevant to Sky inquiry, says Tom Watson.
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Sep 26 2017 - Labour Party

If we have got any evidence that Labour party members are denying the Holocaust, are using antisemitism in their politics, then there is no role for them.feedback

Sep 24 2017 - Labour Party

We don't want people to break the law. We are democrats but we're going to change the law so that trade unionists can have greater rights because we think our current trade union laws are very unfair, particularly the last Trade Union Act, which we campaigned against in parliament, and the way to deal with this is to campaign against the government to change their own laws and if they don't change them, elect a Labour government and we'll change the law to make sure that our trade union laws are fair.feedback

Sep 19 2017

Who writes and decides the news matters, and it is not good enough that just 25% of front-page bylines are by women, and just 34% of senior roles at national newspapers are held by women.feedback

Sep 17 2017

There must be no stitch-up to help the gambling industry avoid tighter restrictions on advertising. Industry-funded campaigns highlighting the risks of problem gambling are all very well, but they can't be an alternative to regulation. More and more research is showing that gambling addiction is a hidden epidemic in the UK. We can't just rely on voluntary action from the betting companies to deal with the problem.feedback

Sep 17 2017

The government's review needs to look in particular at advertising that children are more likely to see, including pre-watershed gambling advertising around live sporting events, and football shirt sponsorship by betting firms.feedback

Sep 12 2017

The Gambling Commission needs to take strong action against the beneficiaries of these disgusting ads, to make clear that nothing like this can be allowed to happen again.feedback

Sep 12 2017

The disgraceful cynicism of these ads is breathtaking. While these ads were produced by an affiliate, they are ultimately the responsibility of the betting companies whose products they were selling.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - British elections 2017

Well, there is always someone trying to get rid of you in politics, but no, I don't actually see any move to remove me from my position.feedback

Sep 01 2017 - Single market

Yes, you have seen Keir Starmer's statement, we think that being part of the Customs Union and the Single Market is important in those transitional times because that is the way you protect jobs and the economy, and it might be a permanent outcome of the negotiations, but we have got to see how those negotiations go.feedback

Sep 01 2017

We think that being part of the customs union and the single market is important in those transitional times because that is the way you protect jobs and the economy, and it might be a permanent outcome of the negotiations, but we have got to see how those negotiations go.feedback

Aug 17 2017

For a secretary of state to try to influence Ofcom in such a heavy-handed way is a serious mistake. I hope Karen Bradley will realise, on reflection, that she should let Ofcom get on with its job and get on with her own.feedback

Aug 06 2017

Labour's manifesto committed to allowing young people to remove content shared on the internet before they turned 18, so we're glad the government is taking action on this. As we are leaving the EU it is more important than ever that we have a robust data protection framework fit for the future.feedback

Jul 18 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

I asked Theresa May to deny a deeply worrying allegation that had been made to me about her and she refused to do so. It's such an easy thing to deny - unless it's true. People will draw their own conclusions. With 21st Century Fox's bid for Sky being considered by the government right now, questions about Rupert Murdoch's influence over Theresa May were already being asked. This makes them all the more relevant.feedback

Jul 10 2017

I played St. Andrews in 1978, and I did not like it. I preferred American-style target golf. But I started to change my mind in 1979, and now I love links golf. I like going to places where you are required to use other tools in the tool chest, rather than just throw-it-up-on-the-table golf.feedback

Jul 10 2017 - Scottish independence

I've always hoped, that the last day of golf I play before I die will be 36 holes on the links of Scotland.feedback

Jul 01 2017 - Labour Party

Leaders have to lead, chief whips have to instil discipline, and everyone knows how it works. I don't know where we're headed on that. What I do know is, there's no rush. It seemed to me that before the election there was a sense of urgency around some of the activists ... to try to rush it through. Well, I think everyone knows now, Jeremy's position is completely secure as leader. He has had a unified PLP [parliamentary Labour party] around him since his second election win, more or less, and now he has got a highly enthused PLP around him, to take him through the years ahead.feedback

Jul 01 2017

It also means we have to be very focused in what are now our key offensive marginal seats. That is why we will have a busy summer, because Jeremy is going to visit a lot of them.feedback

Jul 01 2017

We accept the current arrangements are going to change. There won't be free movement of labour like you have now, there will be new restrictions and it will probably be based around some work permit allocation.feedback

Jul 01 2017

You should never fight the last election, that's for sure. There is no doubt that we will have to run a slightly different campaign, but we know where we have got to be – we have got to give reassurance to those traditional, working-class communities. [A majority] is very possible now.feedback

Jul 01 2017 - Labour Party

Before the election, there was a sense of urgency around some of the activists ... to try to rush [rule changes] through. Well, I think everyone knows now Jeremy's position is completely secure as leader.feedback

Jul 01 2017 - Labour Party

What comes out of it is a potential new alliance for Labour. If we can bring [in] these young voters, enthuse them to stay with us and then give greater reassurance to our traditional working-class voters, some of whom left us on issues like policing and security, then I think we've got an election-winning alliance and I think it is an unbeatable one.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Fox

The secretary of state has known all along what she wants to end up doing but she has to follow the established dance steps.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - Fox

The culture secretary’s inclination to call in the takeover bid is no surprise. Labour would review media ownership rules and stop backroom deals• Tom Watson is deputy leader of the Labour party. Rupert Murdoch wields enormous power through his global network of media companies, particularly in Australia, the US and the UK. He’s adept at leveraging commercial dominance to win political influence, which leads to the removal of legislative or regulatory barriers to further expansion. It’s a tested formula, but it’s hard to discern how the rest of us benefit. What a pleasant surprise it would be to see his ceaseless expansion thwarted. I’m not holding my breath.feedback

Jun 20 2017

The proposed takeover of Sky by Fox is a hugely significant deal with the potential to transform the UK's media market. It is therefore vital that Ofcom's recommendations to the government are published in full at the earliest available opportunity.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Fox

It might be tempting to allow yourself to be influenced by powerful media proprietors who can shape the way your government is covered.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Fox

I am writing to ask you about any influence Rupert Murdoch may have sought to exert over cabinet appointments. Specifically, it has been suggested to me that Rupert Murdoch asked you to appoint Gove to the cabinet.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Northern Ireland

A Tory-DUP alliance will be so fragile that it could collapse under the weight of disapproval from the prime minister’s MPs alone. This coalition cannot last. Theresa May has spent her weekend sacking her closest advisers and carrying out an emergency cabinet reshuffle in a desperate attempt to avoid taking responsibility for a disastrous election campaign and save her premiership. According to one of her former advisers, she is “friendless and alone”. She deserves to be.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

We still don't know the final result of this election, it is too early to say, but it looks likely to be a very, very bad result for Theresa May. Well results are still coming in, but we are going to hold her to that.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

May said she was a bloody difficult woman. The public saw a woman who found it all a bit too bloody difficult.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Labour Party

The next few hours, maybe the next few days, look very uncertain. But one thing we can be sure of is that Theresa May's authority has evaporated. She is a damaged prime minister whose reputation may never recover. One thing is for certain: people want hope. And when they're offered it, they vote for it.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Labour Party

Every single Labour party member has given this election their all, from our indefatigable leader to our committed grassroots members.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - London

Theresa May's government has repeatedly failed to act on FOBTs, despite being presented with evidence they are highly addictive and target people who struggle to control their gambling. Local councils see the damage FOBTs cause in communities up and down the country but the Tories have simply refused to talk about how to tackle this problem. It's a shameful record of inaction which confirms the Tories will always place corporate interests ahead of people.feedback

May 28 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

The more they avoid exposing the deficiencies of Theresa May to public scrutiny, the more people are beginning to realise that she's not up to the job. You've only got to look at her handling of the dementia tax issue to know what a poor negotiator she is.feedback

May 22 2017 - Brexit

We will need the shared experiences this sector provides. Labour believes that cities like Hull have demonstrated that creativity can drive inward investment, regeneration and tourism as well as being an important expression of local and regional identity.feedback

May 13 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

If we get to June 8 and (Conservative leader Theresa May) still commands the lead in the polls she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher style majority. A Conservative government with a 100 majority is what it is. It will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be the usual checks and balances of democracy ... all those things go out the window.feedback

May 13 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority. A Conservative government with a 100 majority is what it is. It will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be the usual checks and balances of democracy ... all those things go out the window. You end up with governance by Theresa May without much accountability, and I don't think anybody wants that.feedback

May 12 2017 - Labour Party

I've run a lot of byelections and elections in my time for the Labour party and I know what it is like. It is going be very, very difficult to turn the poll numbers around, but we are determined to do it. If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls that she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority.feedback

May 12 2017

We think current rules on media regulation not good enough – we want a proper fit-and-proper test. So if I end up as the secretary of state for culture, media and sport on June 9, one of the things that will definitely happen is Leveson 2. I don't think we can let the Fox bid go through until [that is complete] – we would try to put a hold on the bid if we can.feedback

May 12 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

A Conservative government with a 100 majority … It will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be usual checks and balances of democracy ... all those things go out the window. You end up with governance by Theresa May without much accountability – and I don't think anybody wants that. He often swims against the tide and that is why he is his own man. The Vote Leave people used 'take back control' for a reason, because there are millions of people in the country who feel powerless, who feel that government is not listening to them.feedback

May 02 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

We've heard a lot of talk about the qualities you need in a prime minister. Theresa May doesn't think that the ability to answer questions is one of them. But sometimes the most important question isn't what makes the best PM. It's who makes the best MP. It's a vote against the Conservative Party having a blank cheque to do whatever they damn well like. The landslide victory May demands will see the Tory party off to the races. The brakes will be off, he country will be out of control. Margaret Thatcher had the kind of majority Theresa May wants. She knew all about unfettered government.feedback

May 02 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

Boris Johnson is a caggie-handed cheese-headed fopdoodle with a talent for slummocking about. When we require diplomacy, Boris sows discord. At a time when we need a serious-minded national representative to deal skilfully with some of the most complex problems our country faces, Johnson falls back on bluster and bombast.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Labour Party

So there is a very distinct pensioner offer from Labour in this election that perhaps you could say we haven't emphasized in the 2015 election.feedback

Apr 20 2017

The conduct of senior executives at Fox and their consistent failure to meet corporate governance standards in the recent past has a direct bearing on whether it is a suitable owner of one of the UK's most powerful broadcasters.feedback

Apr 06 2017

One of the things that's said about Arnie, and it's true, Arnie always made people feel good. That was his personality. I left them with this: There's never been a greater friend to golf than Arnold Palmer.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Labour Party

When I read the words of Chief Rabbi Mirvis, who says that 'the Labour party has failed the Jewish community, it has failed its members and it has failed all those who believe in zero tolerance of antisemitism', I can't disagree with him. I wish I could, but I can't. I am ashamed that we have allowed Mr Livingstone to cause such distress.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Holocaust

It isn't just Jewish people who feel disgusted and offended by what Mr Livingstone said and by the way he has conducted himself over this matter, and it isn't just Jewish Labour members who feel ashamed of any indulgence of his views anywhere in the Labour party. This shames us all, and I'm deeply saddened by it.feedback

Apr 05 2017

My party is not living up to its commitment to have a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism. I will continue the fight to ensure that it does, and I will press my colleagues to do so too.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Labour Party

I have not been involved in any Unite phone banks but Len McCluskey is clearly upset that a Labour candidate isn't supporting him. Some Labour MPs have publicly endorsed Len, others are backing his opponent. Like other Unite members I will vote for the candidate who I believe is best placed to take the union forward.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Given your clear public commitment to come to the house first, I was surprised to hear that you are planning to make a speech outside parliament giving details about the future status of Channel 4.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - London

The uncertainty surrounding Channel 4's future has been deeply damaging, not just to its staff but to the wider creative sector who rely on the broadcaster and need to know whether it has a secure future.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Your long-standing relationship with Mr Osborne means that any ministerial decisions you make from now on which affect media policy will be subject to accusations of a conflict of interest which it will be difficult for you to disprove.feedback

Mar 21 2017

There is no secret, and no shame, in a Conservative MP being a loyal ally of his former boss and powerful patron. However, as Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, you now have ministerial responsibility for policy areas in which Mr Osborne and his new employer have a commercial interest.feedback

Mar 21 2017

It is only by being in power that Labour can change the lives of millions of people. So when I heard the covert recording of Momentum head Jon Lansman setting out plans to interfere in the selection of MPs and councillors I had a duty to speak out. I am sorry that Len McCluskey has to use personal insults instead of arguing his case. It would be more productive if he would state categorically that Unite will never fund Momentum or give any form of financial support to an organisation that directs its members to take control of Labour Party structures and organise inside other trade unions.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - London

As editor of the London Evening Standard, Mr Osborne can be expected to seek to influence ministers on media policy, in line with his views and the views of his paper's proprietor, Mr Alexander Lebedev, both in the pages of the newspaper and in meetings with ministers. You would be one of the chief targets of any such attempts to influence media policy.feedback

Mar 21 2017

Your elevation to ministerial office and subsequent promotions, while no doubt attributable in part to your own talents, were often interpreted also as moves by George Osborne as chancellor to consolidate his power base in government. There is no secret and no shame in a Conservative MP being a loyal ally of his former boss and powerful patron. However, as a minister of state at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport you now have ministerial responsibility for areas in which George Osborne and his new employer have a commercial interest.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Labour Party

I thought that Momentum were changing, that they were becoming an organisation that were sort of sharing ideas, and trying to create a debate. What Jon Lansman has outlined is a plan with Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite, to take control of the Labour party. We could do with him trying to understand how important this is.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Labour Party

I regard this as a battle for the future existence of the Labour party. This is high stakes, and I hope my fellow members are going to understand that. That's why I decided to speak out. I think this is so serious, I think it's vital that ordinary members of Unite are made aware of this plan, that they know what's going on inside their union and they take action to block it. But it's also important for Labour party members to understand that there will be votes at our conference on this, this year, and they have to intervene as well. I'll be raising it with him today.feedback

Mar 20 2017 - Labour Party

I warned last year of entryism and no one can now doubt that threat is a real one. For Unite to affiliate to Momentum it would require the approval of its executive committee. I hope Len McCluskey hasn't made promises without clearing them through the democratic structures of our union.feedback

Jun 14 2016

I think a future Europe will have to look at things like the free movement of labor rules.feedback

Apr 08 2016

Far from being the end of the matter, the questions keep coming.feedback

Jul 22 2011 - Fox

If their statement is accurate it shows James Murdoch had knowledge that others were involved in hacking as early as 2008, it shows he failed to act to discipline staff or initiate an internal investigation, which undermines Rupert Murdoch's evidence to our committee that the company had a zero tolerance to wrongdoing.feedback

Jul 22 2011 - Fox

There is only going to be one person who is accurate. Either James Murdoch, who to be fair to him is standing by his version of events, or Colin Myler and Tom Crone.feedback

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