Lord Watts

Former MP


A selection of Lord Watts's votes

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  • Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
  • Generally voted for more EU integration Show votes
  • Consistently voted for raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
  • Generally voted against reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
  • Consistently voted against greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties, such as charities, during elections Show votes
  • Consistently voted against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • Gambling - Question 20 Oct 2016

    My Lords—
  • Homelessness - Question 17 Oct 2016

    My Lords, can the Minister explain the increase in people living in our streets over the past few years? What does he think is the driving reason for it?
  • Mental Health: Young People - Question 11 Oct 2016

    I must tell the Minister that there is very little sign of any investment in mental health services taking place in Merseyside. Will he investigate what is happening to that investment strategy and why Merseyside is failing our children and failing to invest in this vital service?

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Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 3 December 2015

Previously MP for St Helens North until 30 March 2015 — General election

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Also represented St Helens North


Topics of interest

  • Health
  • Education and Skills
  • Defence
  • Trade and Industry
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Combat Clothing
  • Magistrates
  • Local Government Finance
  • West Coast Main Line
  • Middle East

Currently held offices

  • Member, EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee (since 26 May 2016)

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, House of Commons Governance Committee (16 Oct 2014 to 17 Dec 2014)
  • Member, Administration Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Committees on Arms Export Controls (formerly Quadripartite Committee) (12 Jul 2010 to 2 Jul 2012)
  • Member, Foreign Affairs Committee (12 Jul 2010 to 18 Jun 2012)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (12 May 2010 to 1 Jun 2010)
  • Member, Finance and Services Committee (17 Jul 2005 to 10 Oct 2005)
  • The Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury (10 May 2005 to 6 May 2010)
  • PPS (Rt Hon John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (13 May 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Finance and Services Committee (14 Nov 1997 to 11 May 2001)

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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More about this

  • Has spoken in 170 debates since joining Parliament — well above average amongst Lords. See all Lord Watts’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 0 written questions since joining Parliament — average amongst Lords.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2014, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 47.73% of votes in this House with this affiliation up to the 2015 general election — average amongst Lords. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 15 annotations on this Lord’s speeches — well above average amongst Lords.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 16–17 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 65 people are tracking this peer — email me updates on Lord Watts’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 4 times in debates — well below average amongst Lords. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.

4. Sponsorships
(a) Donations to my constituency party or association, which have been or will be reported by my party to the Electoral Commission:
(a) Name of donor: Unite the Union
(a) Address of donor: 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN
(a) Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000
(a) Donor status: trade union
(a) (Registered 9 April 2014)
6. Overseas visits
Address of donor: C/O Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, 6 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EQ
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights, in-country transport, accommodation and meals with a total value of £10,567.37.
Destination of visit: Hong Kong
Date of visit: 25-31 May 2014
Purpose of visit: All Party Parliamentary China Group delegation to understand more about the political and economic environment in Hong Kong and the progress towards universal suffrage and to engage with and support bids by British business.
(Registered 24 June 2014, updated 30 June 2014)
8. Land and Property
Flat in London, from which rental income is received. (Registered 16 January 2015)

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