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Watson: Labour owes unions respect

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 agree Dowler settlement

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.


Watson 'should step down from DCMS committee'

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.



Osborne in £30,000 public money home refurb

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.


Watson joins with US lawyers over News Corp

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.


Met seeks Guardian sources

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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