Tom Watson (Labour politician)

British politician

Thomas Anthony Watson (born 8 January 1967) is a British Labour Party politician. He was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Bromwich East from 2001 through 2019. He was Minister for Digital Engagement and the Civil Service at the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2009.[1]

Tom Watson
Portrait of Tom Watson in 2018.jpg
Watson in 2018
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
12 September 2015 – 12 December 2019
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byHarriet Harman
Succeeded byAngela Rayner
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
In office
7 October 2016 – 12 December 2019
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byKelvin Hopkins
Succeeded byTBA
Chairman of the Labour Party
In office
12 September 2015 – 14 June 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byHarriet Harman
Succeeded byIan Lavery
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
In office
14 September 2015 – 7 October 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byLucy Powell
Succeeded byIan Lavery
Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues
In office
25 January 2008 – 5 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byShriti Vadera
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence
In office
5 May 2006 – 6 September 2006
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byDon Touhig
Succeeded byDerek Twigg
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
10 May 2005 – 5 May 2006
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byNick Ainger
Succeeded byFrank Roy
Member of Parliament
for West Bromwich East
In office
7 June 2001 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byPeter Snape
Succeeded byNicola Richards
Personal details
Born
Thomas Anthony Watson

(1967-01-08) 8 January 1967 (age 53)
Sheffield, England
Political partyLabour
Other political
affiliations
Future Britain Group
Spouse(s)Siobhan Watson
(2001–2012; separated)
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Hull
WebsiteOfficial website

On 6 November 2019 Watson announced that he would be standing down both as an MP and as Deputy Leader, and leave office on 12 December 2019, stating that his reasons for standing down were 'personal, not political.' [2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Resignation". Tom Watson MP. 5 June 2009.
  2. "Tom Watson: Labour deputy leader stands down as MP". The Independent. Retrieved 6 November 2019.