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Tom Watson is Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East. 

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Tech doesn't have to mean a dystopia - why it is time to hug an android

Much has been written about the impact of technological change and the dystopian future we could all face as a result of the rise of the robots. It can sometimes feel like we are preparing for a world in which artificial intelligence, algorithms and automation – rather than human endeavour...

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Ken Clarke’s revelations show Murdoch’s influence still needs investigating

Ken Clarke has suggested that David Cameron did "some sort of deal" to win the support of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers in the run-up to the 2010 election. According to Clarke, in his evidence to the Competition and Markets Authority, when – at Cameron’s instigation – he held a meeting as justice...

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The Tories fail to crackdown on FOBTs

The government has today announced yet another review into gambling and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. My view is that it would have been better to announce a crackdown on FOBTs today. FOBTs cause untold misery. They enable people to gamble £100 every 20 seconds. I’ve heard many stories about addicts...

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