Tom Harris
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An MP since 2001, I served as a transport minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Wrote an award-winning blog, "And another thing..." which was later turned into a book, "Why I'm Right and Everyone Else Is Wrong". Stood as a candidate in the election for Scottish Labour leader in 2011 and came close to winning a double-digit share of the vote. Married to Carolyn with three sons. Back on the front bench after a four-year absence and chuffed to bits about it.

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Why I Wouldn't Support Votes for Sixteen and Seventeen-Year-Olds

(100) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 7:00 PM

As part of his recent stand-up routine, Ricky Gervais made a very funny, though politically incorrect, observation about the march and demo in support of lowering the homosexual age of consent to 16: there weren't that many 16-year-olds present, but there were an awful lot of men in their 30s...

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Les Pretensions

(12) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 6:00 PM

As you get older, there are certain things you're expected to embrace that you did not in your younger years. Country music, for instance. And racism.

Another is opera. I've given it a go and to be honest it doesn't really do it for me. What I want from a...

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Democracy Is About More Than Getting Your Own Way

(33) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 6:00 PM

I'm sorry Sam Parker feels that Tony Blair robbed a generation of their faith in politics. But he seems to be confused about the reasons why the disillusionment set in.

More than a million people marched against war in Iraq, and yet our democratically-elected government didn't allow that...

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Secret Agents Ain't What They Used to Be

(7) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 6:00 PM

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS, SO IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE LATEST JAMES BOND MOVIE, SKYFALL, READ NO FURTHER...

I love James Bond, me. I love the movies (and yes, of course I have the whole collection -
apart from Skyfall, obviously - on DVD and plan to...

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The Nine-Year Sneer

(5) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 9:47 AM

They started it! Well, they did...

Much tartan-tinged indignation has emerged among SNP ranks in the last few days. They claim, with that hurt, innocent look they've cultivated over the years, that they just can't understand why all these big Unionist bullies are being so horrid to them. Why try...

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