Talk:Tom Watson (politician)
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The final two sentences under "expenses scandal", are defamatory, neither accurate nor relevant to the specific section. Could a administrator please delete.
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Swap events and achievements?
External link 19 "Cost Cutting Digital Minister Named in Expenses Scandal" should link to a story on the site I edit, eWEEK Europe UK.
The target address has changed. The link is now: http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/news/digital-minister--we-ll-cut--35bn-in-costs-by-2011-905
Phone hacking scandal
I've started a section on the News of the World phone hacking scandal; Watson played a considerable role in bringing this matter to wider public attention; see , , . Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 18:26, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
Subjects at University?
First ever Deputy Chair of the Labour Party
Just noticed that the first paragraph currently has this sentence:
- In 2011, he was made the first ever Deputy Chair of the Labour Party, with responsibility for co-ordinating Labour's campaigning, by Ed Miliband.
But the info boxes at the bottom and sidebar indicate that Stephen Timms was previously in this role. so I'm flagging whether "first ever" is correct, or it's meaning is different from "first ever Deputy Chair of the Labour Party". Thanks Isofarro (talk) 08:23, 8 January 2012 (UTC)
Involvement in the recent false accusations regarding Lord McAlpine
The news in the UK has been recently been dominated by accusations and implications, falsely, accusing Lord McAlpine of being involved in a Paedophile ring, operating in North Wales in the last 1970s and early 80s. However it is now clear that this was a case of mistaken identify, as the victim of the abuse (having now seen a photo of Lord McAlping), has confirmed that he was not involved. However, the BBC's flagship current affairs program, Newsnight, ran a piece which used the term 'Senior Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher', to implicate Lord McAlpine and insinuate some kind of paedophile conspiracy in the Conservative government of the day, without actually checking the facts first. I seems the victim has been told at the time, that his abuser was (then Mr, now) Lord McAlpine, who was never involved. The result has been several resignations in the BBC, and a lot of soul searching in how the media jumps on a paedophile band wagon, and throws mud everywhere.
On 11th November the BBCs Political Editor, Nick Robinson wrote this piece on the subject: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20287067 which implicated Tom Watson, as one of those at the source of the original allegations. The suspicion being that this was a cynical attempt to throw mud at political opponents, in light of the recent Jimmy Saville allegations. Pretty low political tactics, when it involves the abuse of children.
I would like to see something detailing his involvement in the whole affair, but as a member of the Conservative party, I feel I would be unable to give an unbiased account. Could someone please write something. I think the seriousness of the affair warrants inclusion of a fair summation of the facts of Mr Watson's involvement.