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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
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Jun 20 2017
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: “It might be tempting to allow yourself to be influenced by powerful media proprietors who can shape the way your government is covered.” in the article Tom Watson asks May: did Murdoch request Gove's return to cabinet?.
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May 13 2017 - British elections 2017

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 - British elections 2017

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 - British elections 2017

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 - British elections 2017

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 - British elections 2017

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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