Tom Watson

Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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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 never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Last updated: 16 Jan 2018

Recent appearances

  • Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Communications Act 2003: Public Service Broadcasters 22 Mar 2018

    You are very kind, Mr Speaker. I would like to associate myself and the Labour party with the Secretary of State’s tributes, particularly to the very brave PC Keith Palmer, who gave his life protecting us in this place, and the five others who died in that terrible attack a year ago today.
  • Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions 22 Mar 2018

    When it comes to personal data theft, the Secretary of State said that “the Leveson inquiry looked into everything in this area, and it was followed by three police investigations…We looked into these things as a society. We had a comprehensive Leveson inquiry.”—[Official Report, 1 March 2018; Vol. 636, c. 974.] Will he tell me which of the inquiries and...
  • Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions 22 Mar 2018

    In his non-answer, the Secretary of State has shown that the previous inquiries were not comprehensive. There are still questions to answer, including allegations that at least one senior editor misled the first part of the Leveson inquiry and possibly even perjured himself. In caving in to the press barons, the Secretary of State betrays not just the victims of phone hacking but the promises...

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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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Topics of interest

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (since 3 Jul 2017)
  • Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (since 12 Sep 2015)

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (7 Oct 2016 to 3 Jul 2017)
  • Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) (14 Sep 2015 to 7 Oct 2016)
  • Party Chair, Labour Party (12 Sep 2015 to 14 Jun 2017)
  • 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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Numerology

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  • Has spoken in 14 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs. See all Tom Watson’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 164 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 65.69% 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.
  • 105 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Tom Watson’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 208 times in debates — average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 16 Apr 2018.

2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: GMB
Address of donor: 22 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 06 July 2017)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Sir David Garrard
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £15,000 to support my office as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and a contribution to my General Election campaign fund

Date received: 25 April 2017

Date accepted: 28 April 2017

Donor status: individual

(Registered 28 April 2017)
Name of donor: Ian Corfield
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000 to support my office as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and a contribution to my General Election campaign fund

Date received: 26 April 2017

Date accepted: 28 April 2017

Donor status: individual

(Registered 28 April 2017)
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 and a contribution to my General Election campaign fund

Date received: 28 April 2017

Date accepted: 28 April 2017

Donor status: individual

(Registered 02 May 2017)
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: 13 July 2017

Date accepted: 18 July 2017

Donor status: individual

(Registered 18 July 2017)
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: 26 January 2018

Date accepted: 26 January 2018

Donor status: individual

(Registered 26 January 2018)
Name of donor: Betterworld Ltd
Address of donor: 14 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DF

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £10,000 to support my office as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

Date received: 13 March 2018

Date accepted: 19 March 2018

Donor status: company, registration 03408967

(Registered 19 March 2018)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Live Nation
Address of donor: 25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TU

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Five tickets with hospitality to attend Glastonbury Festival, total value £2,445

Date received: 16 June 2017

Date accepted: 22 June 2017

Donor status: company, registration 02409911

(Registered 04 July 2017)
Name of donor: The Championships, Wimbledon
Address of donor: Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets for Wimbledon, including lunch, value £3,790

Date received: 5 July 2017

Date accepted: 5 July 2017

Donor status: company, registration 7546773

(Registered 20 July 2017; updated 14 August 2017)
Name of donor: Warner Bros. Entertainment UK
Address of donor: 98 Theobald's Rd, London WC1X 8WB

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets to the premiere of Dunkirk, including hospitality, value £370

Date received: 13 July 2017

Date accepted: 13 July 2017

Donor status: company, registration 259661

(Registered 13 September 2017)
Name of donor: Ticketmaster
Address of donor: 4 Pentonville Road, London N1 9HF

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Ticket to the Brit Awards, value £875

Date received: 21 February 2018

Date accepted: 21 February 2018

Donor status: company, registration 02662632

(Registered 19 March 2018)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar
Address of donor: Qatar Embassy, 1 South Audley St, London W1K 1NB

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): For a member of staff and myself, air travel, food and accommodation to a value of £8,800 (£4,400 per person)

Destination of visit: Qatar

Dates of visit: 13-17 February 2018

Purpose of visit: British-Qatar APPG visit to meet Ministers and officials, discuss GCC crisis, workers’ rights and other issues around 2022 World Cup in my capacity as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Secretary of State for DCMS, as well as discussions on bilateral relations and regional issues.

(Registered 28 February 2018)
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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