Tom Watson


Tom Watson was re-elected MP for West Bromwich East in May 2010 with a majority of 6,696 votes.

Since being elected to Parliament in June 2001 to represent the people of West Bromwich East Tom has served as a Government Whip and Defence Minister as well as Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury.

He steered the Armed Forces Act through parliament and sat on the committees that brought forward the Proceeds of Crime Bill, the Communications Bill, the Human Tissue Bill, the Civil Partnerships Bill and the Gambling Bill. He also introduced a Private Members Bill - Organ Donation (Presumed Consent with Safeguards) Bill. He also sat on the Home Affairs Select Committee under the Chairmanship of Chris Mullin.

He co-authored "Votes for All" which examined compulsory voting and "Taking Responsibility - dealing with the legacy of radioactive waste" both published by the Fabian Society.

Before entering the House of Commons, Tom worked as the Political Adviser to Sir Ken Jackson at the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union. He has also worked for the Labour Party and Save the Children. He served on the Rover Taskforce, the Government appointed body that helped extend the life of the Longbridge car plant.

Tom's other policy areas include manufacturing, energy and law and order but his specialist interest is the digital world and social media.

Tom established the Power of Information Task Force to advance the recommendations in the Power of Information Report by Ed Mayo and Tom Steinberg.

In April this year he published the book 'Dial M for Murdoch' which investigates the links between the Murdoch media empire and senior MPs.


West Bromwich East



Constituency Address

Terry Duffy House Thomas Street West Bromwich B70 6NT

Constituency Tel

0121 569 1904

Date of Birth

8 January 1967




Personal Website

Westminster Address

House of Commons LONDON SW1A 0AA

Westminster Tel

020 7219 8335