Tom Watson

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

West Bromwich East Labour

Tom Watson’s voting in Parliament

Tom Watson is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

However, Tom Watson sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Tom Watson generally voted against requiring the mass retention of information about communications, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes
  • Tom Watson generally voted against greater regulation of gambling, while most Labour MPs generally voted for. Show votes

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Tom Watson has hardly ever rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Last updated: 22 Feb 2017

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Labour MP for West Bromwich East

Entered the House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election

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Tom Watson campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Home Department
  • Cabinet Office
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Unmanned Air Vehicles
  • Departmental Internet
  • Departmental Official Cars
  • Demos
  • Departmental Theft

Currently held offices

  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (since 7 Oct 2016)
  • Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (since 12 Sep 2015)
  • Party Chair, Labour Party (since 12 Sep 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) (14 Sep 2015 to 7 Oct 2016)
  • Labour Party Deputy Chair; Campaign Co-ordinator (7 Oct 2011 to 4 Jul 2013)
  • Deputy Chair, Labour Party (7 Oct 2011 to 4 Jul 2013)
  • Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (13 Jul 2009 to 17 Sep 2012)
  • Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office) (25 Jan 2008 to 9 Jun 2009)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (2 Jul 2007 to 25 Jan 2008)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans) (5 May 2006 to 6 Sep 2006)
  • Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee (1 Jul 2005 to 6 May 2010)
  • Government Whip (10 May 2005 to 5 May 2006)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (9 Sep 2004 to 10 May 2005)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo, Paymaster General), HM Treasury (13 May 2004 to 2 Nov 2004)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (7 Jun 2001 to 14 Jul 2003)

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  • Has spoken in 12 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs. See all Tom Watson’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 353 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 48.82% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 16 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 112 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Tom Watson’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 195 times in debates — average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 10 Apr 2017.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from the Story Mining and Supply Co LLC, 3000 Alpine Road Suite 100 Menio Park, California, USA, received via Aitken Alexander Associates Ltd, 291 Gray’s Inn Road, Kings Cross London WC1X 8QJ. (Updated 02 November 2016)
22 January 2016, received £9,439.99 for a film rights option on a book I co-authored. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 18 February 2016; updated 02 November 2016)
17 October 2016, received £10,974.17 for a film rights option on a book I co-authored. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 28 October 2016; updated 02 November 2016)
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Max Mosley
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £200,000 received via the Labour Party to support my office as Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister

Donor status: individual

(Registered 28 June 2016)
Name of donor: Max Mosley
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £300,000 received via the Labour Party to support my office as Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for DCMS

Donor status: individual

(Registered 10 February 2017)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Sir Trevor Chinn
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000 to support my office as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

Date received: 27 June 2016

Date accepted: 28 June 2016

Donor status: individual

(Registered 28 June 2016)
Name of donor: Sir Trevor Chinn
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000 to support my office as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

Date received: 15 February 2017

Date accepted: 9 March 2017

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 March 2017)
Name of donor: Sir Trevor Chinn
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £10,000 to support my office as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and specifically ‘The Future of Work Commission’, which I co-chair

Date received: 27 February 2017

Date accepted: 9 March 2017

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 March 2017)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: EE Ltd
Address of donor: Trident Place, Mosquito Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9BW

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: two tickets and accommodation to attend the Glastonbury Festival, total value £956

Date received: 22-26 June 2016

Date accepted: 22 June 2016

Donor status: company, registration 02382161

(Registered 05 July 2016)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: (1) Labour Friends of Israel (2) Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address of donor: (1) BM LFI, London WC1N 3XX (2) 9 Yitzhak Rabin Blvd., Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem 9103001

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): For myself and two members of staff: (1) travel and accommodation with a total value of £4,500 (2) hospitality with a total value of £375.

Destination of visit: Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Dates of visit: 14-17 November 2016

Purpose of visit: Fact finding visit. Meeting with Israeli and Palestinian co-existence campaigners, politicians, academics, journalists and diplomats.

(Registered 02 December 2016)
8. Miscellaneous
From 5 December 2013, Honorary President of the Goulash Co-operative Limited, 2 Coombe Warren, Brinklow Road, Coventry CV3 2AB (registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965), in which I hold one share. Expected commitment of 2-3 hours per month for which I receive no remuneration. (Registered 20 December 2013; updated 6 January 2014)

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