Entries from March 2012 ↓

Percentage of Conservative votes in by-elections since 1997

Election Tory % Vote Tory % Increase/Decrease
Uxbridge 1997 51.1 7.6
Paisley South 1997 7 -1.7
Beckenham 1997 41.3 -1.2
Winchester 1997 28.4 -13.6
Leeds Central 1999 12.3 -1.4
Eddisbury 1999 44.8 2.3
Hamilton South 1999 7.2 -1.4
Wigan 1999 18 1.1
Kensington & Chelsea 1999 56.4 2.8
Ceredigion 2000 16.5 1.6
Romsey 2000 42 -4
Tottenham 2000 16 0.3
Glasgow Anniesland 2000 10.9 -0.6
Preston 2000 25 3.1
West Bromwich West 2000 34.3 N/A
Falkirk West 2000 8.3 -3.8
Ipswich 2001 28.4 -2.1
Ogmore 2002 7.5 -3.7
Brent East 2003 16.15 -2
Leicester South 2004 19.7 -3.4
Birmingham Hodge Hill 2004 17.3 -2.7
Hartlepool 2004 9.7 -11.1
Cheadle 2005 42.4 2
Livingston 2005 6.8 -3.4
Dunfermline & West Fife 2006 7.8 -2.5
Blaenau Gwent 2006 3.7 1.3
Bromley & Chislehurst 2006 40 -11.1
Ealing Southall 2007 22.5 0.9
Sedgefield 2007 14.6 0.2
Crewe & Nantwich 2008 49.5 16.9
Henley 2008 56.9 3.4
Haltemprice & Howden 2008 71.6 24.1
Glasgow East 2008 6.3 -0.6
Glenrothes 2008 3.8 -3.3
Norwich North 2009 39.5 6.3
Glasgow North East 2009 5.2 N/A
Oldham East & Saddleworth 2011 12.8 -13.6
Barnsley Central 2011 8.3 -9
Leicester South 2011 15.1 -6.3
Inverclyde 2011 9.9 -2.1
Feltham & Heston 2011 34 5.2

Percentage of Conservative vote in Bradford West since 1974

Election Tory % Vote Tory % Increase/Decrease
Bradford West Feb 1974 38.7 N/A
Bradford West Oct 1974 37.2 -1.5
Bradford West 1979 36.7 -0.5
Bradford West 1983 32.9 -3.8
Bradford West 1987 36.7 3.8
Bradford West 1992 33.8 -2.9
Bradford West 1997 33 -0.8
Bradford West 2001 37.1 4.1
Bradford West 2005 31.7 -5.4
Bradford West 2010 31.1 -0.6
Bradford West 2012 8.4 -22.7

Hot food products in Liverpool: FOI Request to the Cabinet Office

Dear Sir/Madam,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, please list the times and dates on which the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has visited Liverpool since 11 May 2010.

For each journey, please list the Prime Minister’s mode of transport, and indicate whether he stopped at (i) Liverpool Lime Street Station, (ii) Liverpool Central Station or (iii) any other Liverpool train station as part of his visit.

Please publish an itemised list of all receipts claimed by Mr Cameron, officials or special advisers for food purchases made at any of the above train stations, as part of any visits to Liverpool undertaken since 11 May 2010.

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days of your receipt of this email.

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others. Should this prove to be the case, I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible – rather than hold up the entire request.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically. If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions within the Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please contact me using the details below. Under your Section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance, I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

I would be grateful if you could confirm that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully

Tom Watson MP

Letter to the Home Secretary regarding payments from NDS to Surrey Police

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Home Secretary
Home Office
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

29 March 2012

Dear Theresa,

You may be aware that the Australian Financial Review has recently published a sample of 14,400 emails on its website, originating from a laptop hard drive, in which is it revealed NDS, then a subsidiary of News Corporation, had a special account for making payments to British police and informants.

One of the emails titled “Cheque for Police” shows that NDS paid Surrey Police £2,000 in September 2000. It was sent by NDS’s then deputy head of Operational Security, Len Withall, to “Joan” with a request that the payment be authorised by Ray Adams, the company’s former head of Operational Security in the UK. I understand Mr Adams is a former senior police officer at the Metropolitan Police. A copy of the email referred to is enclosed for your reference.

As Home Secretary, I am sure you would wish to establish the full facts of this case. It is a cause for concern that an employee of NDS, a subsidiary of News Corporation, can apparently claim, in an email, that the company had a special account for making payments to British police and informants. Such an arrangement, if found to be true, raises many questions about policing priorities, probity, transparency and relationships with big business.

I am sure you will agree, particularly with this development coming on top of the Dowler revelations last year, that there is a clear public interest in this matter being investigated outside the internal mechanisms of Surrey Police. I have copied this letter to the Chief Executive of the IPCC, the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee and Lord Leveson.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Tom Watson
Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East

Cc Ms Jane Furniss, Chief Executive of the IPCC
Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee
Lord Justice Leveson, The Leveson Inquiry

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From: LWith520@aol.com
To: Jjackson@ndsuk.com
Date: 6/9/2000 7:32:58 PM
Subject: Cheque for Police
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-
Joan
(Doing this from home.Please send reply to works email)
Over the last six months I have been doing some work with the Surrey Police.
In our budget under code 880110 there is an amount of money set aside for
payment to Police/Informants for assistance given to us in our work.
With Ray’s authority could you please make out a cheque in the sum of £2000
(two thousand pounds) payable to the SURREY POLICE and forward it to my
office. When passed over to the police I will let you have the receipt.
Many thanks

Len WITHALL