Tom Watson


I’ve come up with the perfect way to deal with TV Licensing officers

12 November 2015 15:33

Faithful readers of this column will know that I do not have a television licence for my flat in London, because…

Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson addresses delegates on the final day of the annual Labour party conference in Brighton on September 30, 2015.        (Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Tom Watson gets a tickling from the Home Affairs Committee

21 October 2015 18:38

Tom Watson, the man who hated Brittan, appeared before the Home Affairs committee this afternoon. In earlier evidence it became…

Tom Watson listens to a session entitled "Rebuilding Our Party" during the first day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 27, 2015 in Brighton, England.

The hardest word: Tom Watson still won’t apologise for smearing Leon Brittan

12 October 2015 17:27

Tom Watson, Labour’s embattled deputy leader, delivered a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon on accusations about the former home…

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Tom Watson is in the same class as Titus Oates and Joe McCarthy

9 October 2015 14:51

With the help of the BBC’s Panorama this week, the full evil lunacy of the child abuse and murder conspiracy allegations relating…

Security, stability and opportunity is the message of this year's Tory conference. It's everywhere.

In pictures: the most Tory things at Conservative conference

4 October 2015 16:13

The Conservatives are wrapped in the quiet cocoon of Manchester Central today and the conference has a subdued vibe — many activists…

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson delivers the closing speech to delegates on the final day of The Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 30, 2015 in Brighton, England.

Tom Watson has no intention of practising Corbyn’s ‘kinder, gentler’ politics

30 September 2015 16:09

If Jeremy Corbyn’s speech yesterday was the musings of a left-wing activist, Tom Watson’s today was that of someone who…

Et tu, Tom?

When will Labour move against Corbyn?

16 September 2015 17:32

The Labour party must dig deep into roots if it is to survive. The Blairites cannot do it, they are…

Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn (Photo: Getty)

Welcome to the era of conspiracy-theory politics

14 September 2015 15:03

Who argues that a ‘shadow state’ controls Britain? That a gang of faraway, faceless suits ‘orchestrate public life from the…

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Tom Watson covers for Jeremy Corbyn in the new Labour leadership’s first outing

13 September 2015 13:15

24 hours into his leadership and Jeremy Corbyn is already defying the conventions of being an opposition leader. He cancelled…

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As deputy leader, Tom Watson may now be the Labour Party’s only hope

12 September 2015 11:39

Last week I was talking to a member of the shadow cabinet about Jeremy Corbyn’s impending victory as Labour leader.…


Podcast: Angela Merkel’s mistake on refugees — and is Tom Watson Labour’s saviour?

10 September 2015 8:47

Angela Merkel’s offer to welcome any Syrian refugees who reach Germany will have far reaching, potential devastating consequences. On this week’s View…

Labour MP Tom Watson arrives at the High Court in London on June 4, 2015 to challenge the government on emergency suveillance legislation passed last year.

Tom Watson plans results party

4 September 2015 11:05

The results aren’t in, the votes haven’t been counted, but you can still book a place at Tom Watson’s election…

There is a clear ‘Progress faction’ within the PLP (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty)

The rival factions at war over Labour’s leadership contest

24 July 2015 15:29

Which factions have the most influence in the Labour leadership and deputy leadership contest? The biggest split in the party…

Prescott won't be using his boxing skills to fight for sanity in the Labour party. (Image: Getty)

Who in Labour will fight to bring back sanity and honesty and dignity? Not John Prescott

23 July 2015 14:10

When I heard John Prescott was going on the Today programme, I must admit that I expected him to urge…

Jeremy Corbyn poses for a portrait on July 16, 2015 in London, England.

Jeremy Corbyn on track to be next Labour leader, according to new poll

21 July 2015 22:57

Could Jeremy Corbyn actually win the Labour leadership race? A new poll from The Times/YouGov suggests that he will. The new poll of…


Labour’s response to #ToriesForCorbyn shows they really have lost the plot

24 June 2015 15:39

There’s a lot to admire about Jeremy Corbyn. For one, you can’t fault his conviction. While his entire party falls…

Labour MP Tom Watson arrives at the High Court in London on June 4, 2015 to challenge the government on emergency suveillance legislation passed last year.

The ‘anyone but Tom Watson’ campaign has its first success

17 June 2015 13:11

Five candidates have made it onto the ballot paper for deputy leader of the Labour party. Tom Watson and Caroline…

Tikka chance on me

Alex Salmond insists on Nats dining separately from hacks

28 May 2015 11:34

The Kennington Tandoori is a favourite late-night eatery for MPs of all persuasions. Last night was no exception, with Tom Watson…


The General Election 2015 viral video chart

14 April 2015 13:24

Last week, the Greens released ‘Change the Tune’, a party political broadcast on YouTube. It features actors playing Cameron, Clegg, Miliband…


Journalists jeered for asking Tony Blair questions at Labour press conference

7 April 2015 12:49

Labour have continued their bizarre war on the media with aplomb. As Mr S has reported in the past, pesky…

Margaret Hodge at the Debrett's 500 party in January 2015. The event was sponsored by HSBC (Photo: David M. Benett/Getty)

Who on earth does Margaret Hodge think she is?

10 March 2015 15:23

Most people, when they hear the word populist, will think of Marine Le Pen going mad about Muslim immigrants or…

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The fight for the soul of the Labour party

24 November 2014 13:33

Fight! Two senior Labour MPs locked horns yesterday over the Scottish leadership contest. Ivan Lewis and Tom Watson scrapped after…

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People trust the Tories with their money – that’s why they can promise unfunded tax cuts

3 October 2014 11:06

Does it matter that the Tories can’t spell out how they’d fund the tax cuts they announced at their party…

James Murdoch Faces Calls To Stand Down As Chairman Of BSkyB At Their AGM

Tom Watson and Alex Marunchak keep it civil at the Savile

3 April 2014 17:23

The potential for brouhaha lurks on any party guest list; but the stakes are not often as high as they…

Betting machines

Who would benefit from a ban on FOBTs?

22 February 2014 12:16

I wrote a piece about the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals uproar in the magazine this week, and it has prompted some angry…