Tom Watson

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

Labour MP for West Bromwich East

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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.

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  • 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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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 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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  • Has spoken in 26 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs. See all Tom Watson’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 175 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 62.95% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 240 times in debates — average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Sep 2019.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments from Global Radio, 30 Leicester Square London WC2H 7LA:
20 December 2018, received £500 for guest presenting a radio show on LBC on 25 October 2018. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 17 January 2019)
25 February 2019, received £1,000 for guest presenting radio shows on LBC on 30 December 2018 and 6 January 2019. Hours: 4 hrs in total (2 hrs per show). (Registered 26 February 2019)
25 March 2019, received £1,100 for guest presenting two radio shows on LBC on 20 February 2019 (3 hr show) and 1 March 2019 (1 hr show). Hours: 4 hrs in total. (Registered 26 March 2019)
25 April 2019, received £1,000 for guest presenting two radio shows on LBC on 15 and 22 March 2019 (2 x 1 hr shows). Hours: 2 hrs in total. (Registered 25 April 2019)
2 August 2019, advance payment of £19,325 received via The Blair Partnership LLP, Middlesex House, 4th Floor, 34-42 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4JE, from Hachette UK Ltd, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ, for a book. Hours: 200 between October 2018 and August 2019 (estimated). (Registered 04 September 2019)
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: 15 November 2018

Date accepted: 15 November 2018

Donor status: individual

(Registered 15 November 2018)
Name of donor: USDAW
Address of donor: 188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 6LJ

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500 to support my office as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

Date received: 23 November 2018

Date accepted: 26 November 2018

Donor status: trade union

(Registered 26 November 2018)
Name of donor: Derek Webb
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: the services of a policy adviser from 1 December 2018 until 31 May 2019, total value £36,000

Date received: 1 December 2018 - 31 May 2019

Date accepted: 1 December 2018

Donor status: individual

(Registered 04 December 2018)
Name of donor: Sir David Garrard
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

Date received: 10 April 2019

Date accepted: 12 April 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 15 April 2019)
Name of donor: Derek Webb
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: the services of a policy adviser from 1 June to 31 December 2019, total value £36,000

Date received: 1 June - 31 December 2019

Date accepted: 1 June 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 04 June 2019)
Name of donor: 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 June 2019

Date accepted: 1 July 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 04 July 2019)
Name of donor: 89UP Ltd
Address of donor: Unit 7 Acorn Production Centre, 105 Blundell Street, London N7 9BN

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: IT and website development services, total value £3,750

Date received: 4 July 2019

Date accepted: 4 July 2019

Donor status: company, registration 06886828

(Registered 15 July 2019)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Warner Bros. Entertainment UK
Address of donor: Warner House, 98 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8WB

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Three tickets to the premiere of Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald, value £450 (£150 per ticket)

Date received: 13 November 2018

Date accepted: 13 November 2018

Donor status: company, registration 259661

(Registered 20 November 2018)
Name of donor: ITV plc
Address of donor: 2 Waterhouse Square, 140 Holborn, London EC1N 2AE

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Three tickets, including hospitality, to the X Factor Final, total value £675 (£225 per ticket)

Date received: 2 December 2018

Date accepted: 2 December 2018

Donor status: company, registration 4967001

(Registered 19 December 2018)
Name of donor: The Football Association Premier League Ltd
Address of donor: 30 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8PL

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Five tickets and hospitality to watch Arsenal vs Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium, total value £1,750 (£350 per ticket)

Date received: 8 December 2018

Date accepted: 8 December 2018

Donor status: company, registration 02719699

(Registered 21 December 2018)
Name of donor: ITV plc
Address of donor: 2 Waterhouse Square, 140 Holborn, London EC1N 2AE

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: One ticket to the National Television Awards, including hospitality, total value £1,330

Date received: 22 January 2019

Date accepted: 22 January 2019

Donor status: company, registration 4967001

(Registered 06 February 2019)
Name of donor: Pinewood Group Ltd
Address of donor: Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath SL0 0NH

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Two BAFTA Awards tickets, total value £2,140

Date received: 10 Feb 2019

Date accepted: 10 Feb 2019

Donor status: company, registration 3889552

(Registered 12 February 2019)
Name of donor: AEG Europe
Address of donor: 26-28 King Street, London SW1Y 6QW

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Three tickets to see Michelle Obama talk at O2, total value £480 (£160 per ticket)

Date received: 14 April 2019

Date accepted: 14 April 2019

Donor status: company, registration 06735081

(Registered 16 May 2019)
Name of donor: English Football League
Address of donor: 10-12 West Cliff, Preston PR1 8HU

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Two Championship Play-Off Final tickets with hospitality, total value £503.28 (£251.64 per ticket)

Date received: 27 May 2019

Date accepted: 27 May 2019

Donor status: company, registration 80612

(Registered 06 June 2019)
Name of donor: UK Active
Address of donor: 26 28 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4HE

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets, including hospitality, to UK Active Uprising conference, total value £380 (£190 per ticket)

Date received: 6 June 2019

Date accepted: 6 June 2019

Donor status: company, registration 2589238

(Registered 09 July 2019)
Name of donor: Anschutz Sports Holdings Ltd
Address of donor: The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets, including hospitality, to British Summer Time at Hyde Park, total value £1,600 (£800 per ticket)

Date received: 6 July 2019

Date accepted: 6 July 2019

Donor status: company, registration 3469870

(Registered 09 July 2019)
Name of donor: PRS for Music
Address of donor: 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Ticket and hospitality as Shadow Culture Secretary to attend Glastonbury Festival, total value £776.47

Date received: 28 June 2019

Date accepted: 28 June 2019

Donor status: company, registration 03444246

(Registered 18 July 2019)
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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