Tom Watson and Martin Hickman

Tom Watson and Martin Hickman


Tom Watson is a Labour MP and strategist, who has represented West Bromwich East since 2001. He was a defence minister in Tony Blair’s government, when he apologised for the execution of British soldiers for cowardice during World War I. He later resigned from the Government, saying he could no longer work with Tony Blair. He became a minister at the Cabinet Office under Gordon Brown overseeing efforts to modernise the machinery of Government and was responsible digital development. He was one of the first MPs to blog. He has been Labour’s by-election manager in recent years. He has been instrumental in uncovering the full extent of the phone hacking scandal, regularly raising the issue in the House of Commons - to the embarrassment of Scotland Yard, News International and the Prime Minister.


Martin Hickman is a campaigning and investigative reporter at The Independent. He was previously an editor at Reuters and a political correspondent at the Press Association. He has conceived and run most of The Independent’s successful campaigns, exposing the £5bn-a-year payment protection insurance scandal, profiteering by the Big Six energy companies and restaurant chains’ policy of pocketing tips meant for waiters. This year, he helped overturn the Government’s refusal to ban wild animals in circuses. In 2010 he was awarded the Outstanding International Print Award by the Humane Society of the United States. In 2009, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Foreign Press Association in London for his work on the environmental and human rights abuses associated with palm oil. He has led The Independent’s coverage on the phone hacking scandal.


Together Tom and Martin are writing the definitive account of the phone hacking scandal for publication by Penguin Press during 2012.


Photo Credit: Eamonn Mccabe


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