15 Tories who were against increasing National Insurance before they were for it

Here's what they used to say: 

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Tom Watson: Speech to Creative and Cultural Skills Conference 2017

I said when I took on DCMS that I didn’t want there to be a class ceiling in the arts. I talked about supporting British talent regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability or social background.

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Tom Watson: Speech to Scottish Labour Party Conference 2017

Hello everyone, thank you for having me. I’m so pleased to be here in Perth. But I am going to start my speech today by saying something controversial. 

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Start A Conversation: Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

This afternoon I was honoured to attend the launch of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission.

In her first year as an MP, Jo saw first hand how loneliness was a problem that affected people of all ages and in all situations. Undeterred by the scale of the issue, she was determined to do something practical to help. It was a typical piece of resolve from Jo, and further proof of the loss we all suffered last year when she was murdered.

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Working it Out: The World of Work Transformed

Speech by Tom Watson MP to the Cooperative Party Economy Conference (January 28th, 2017)

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Weekly Update 3

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The Great Lotto Robbery: 10 Questions We Need Answered

The news that the Gambling Commission has fined Camelot £3 million for serious breaches of its operating licence is deeply shocking. Camelot paid out £2.5 million for what it now believes was a fraudulent claim - I've called it "the great lotto robbery". Thousands of organisations rely on money from the National Lottery and the millions of people who play it have the right to expect that the rules of the game are fair.

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It's Time to Stop the Big Ticket Rip Off: Ban the Bots

Have you ever gone to buy tickets for your favourite band, festival or sporting event - but as soon as they go on sale, they've already sold out? Within minutes they're appearing on other sites for several times the price, because ticket touts are cheating the system using internet bots. 

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Domestic Violence Victims Suffer Enough: Don't Make Them Pay to Access Justice

From now until Human Rights Day on December 10th, people all over the world are being asked to by the UN Secretary-General to "Orange the World" to take part in #16days of activism to raise awareness of gender-based violence. 

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Paying Respects On Behalf of the UK Labour Party at Yad Vashem, Israel

This week I led a delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories with some of my parliamentary colleagues. We met with the leader of our sister party, Isaac Herzog, to build on our friendships and renew our determination to work for peace in the Middle East.

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