Tom Watson - Labour MP, West Bromwich East

Following his election to Parliament in June 2001 Tom was appointed to the Home Affairs Select Committee. In 2003, he was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to The Paymaster General, Dawn Primarolo. He joined the government whips office at the end of 2004.

In May 2006 he was appointed as the Under Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans – a post he left five months later
after calling on Tony Blair to resign.

Tom has sat on the Standing Committee for the Proceeds of Crime Bill, as well as the Standing Committee for the Communications Bill, the Human Tissue Bill, The Civil Partnerships Bill and the Gambling Bill. He presented the Organ Donation (Presumed Consent and Safeguards) Bill to Parliament in March 2002.

Before becoming an MP Tom was the political officer at the AEEU engineering union. He has also worked for the Save The Children Fund.

He is the co-author of of ‘Votes For All’, published by the Fabian Society in 2000, which examined the introduction of compulsory voting. He authored “Taking responsibility – dealing with the legacy of radioactive waste” (Fabian Sociey 2002).

His policy interests include: energy, defence and sport.  Outside politics his hobbies and interests include: watching football, gardening and music.