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Thomas Anthony Watson (born 8 January 1967) is a British former politician who served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from
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(MP) for West Bromwich East from
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. Born in
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, Watson was raised in
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where he was educated at King Charles I School. He first became involved in Labour Party and trade union activism when studying at the
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and was chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students from 1992 to 1993. After working in marketing and advertising, he began working full-time for the Labour Party, including on its
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. Elected MP for West Bromwich East at the 2001 general election, Watson was
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from May to September 2006 and Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues at the
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appointed him as the Labour Party's National Campaign Coordinator and as Deputy Chair of the National Executive Committee. He resigned from both roles in July 2013 following a controversy over the selection of a new parliamentary candidate for Falkirk to replace
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. On 12 September 2015, Watson was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, alongside new
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, gaining 198,962 votes or 50.7%, including second preference votes from those who voted for other candidates. Following the conviction of Carl Beech in July 2019 for making false allegations of paedophilia, Watson was criticised by high-profile victims and their relatives for his role in the
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. On 6 November 2019, Watson announced that he would be standing down both as an MP and as Deputy Leader, and leave office on 12 December 2019, stating that his reasons for standing down were "personal, not political". He later admitted that he had voted for Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election (UK), 2016 leadership election. In March 2020, he was appointed chair of UK Music and later that year was made a senior adviser on problem gambling to Flutter Entertainment.


Early life and career

Watson was born in
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Sheffield
, West Riding of Yorkshire, and educated at King Charles I School,
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. He studied at the
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, where he was active in the Hull University Labour Club and elected President of the Students' Union in 1992. He was chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students from 1992 to 1993. He then worked as a marketing officer and advertising account executive. In 1993, he began to work for the Labour Party as National Development Officer for Youth and then worked on the party's
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campaign. He then left to become the National Political Officer of the
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Early parliamentary career

Watson was elected MP for West Bromwich East at the 2001 general election. He served on the Home Affairs Select Committee from 2001 to 2003, and supported the committee's recommendation on UK drug policy to "initiate a discussion within the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of alternative ways – including the possibility of legalisation and regulation – to tackle the global drugs dilemma". In his first year in parliament, he launched a campaign to ban album sales of convicted sex offender Gary Glitter. In 2002, Watson moved a Ten Minute Rule Bill to change Organ donation#Legislation, organ donation laws. Later that year, he was a leading candidate for the chair of the Labour Friends of Israel alongside Stephen Byers. In 2003, Watson voted in favour of going to Iraq War, war with Iraq, and subsequently voted consistently against an investigation into the war. In 2004 he won the ''New Statesman'' New Media Award in the category of elected representative for being one of the first MPs to use his blog to further the democratic process. Watson was campaign chair for Labour in the 2004 Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election, Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election in July 2004. The campaign drew criticism for its dirty tactics, particularly a Labour leaflet proclaiming "Labour is on your side – the Lib Dems are on the side of failed asylum seekers", for which Watson later admitted responsibility and expressed regrets.


In government

Watson was appointed as an Assistant Government Whip (politics), Whip in September 2004. He was promoted in May 2006 to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence (United Kingdom), Ministry of Defence. Watson was instrumental in ensuring that soldiers shot for cowardice in the First World War received posthumous pardons. On 5 September 2006, it was reported that Watson had signed a letter to Tony Blair urging the Prime Minister's resignation to end the uncertainty over his succession. The Government Chief Whip, Jacqui Smith, told Watson that evening that he must either withdraw his signature to the letter, or resign his post. On 6 September 2006, he resigned his ministerial position and released a further statement calling on Blair to resign. Tony Blair was quoted by the BBC as saying that the statement and letter from Watson was "disloyal, discourteous and wrong" and that he would be seeing Watson later in the day. Watson returned as a government whip in July 2007, after Gordon Brown became prime minister. Watson took a particular interest in digital affairs, and in making non-personal government data more available to the public. As a Cabinet Office minister from January 2008 to June 2009 he promoted innovative data use and open source software. Watson served on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee from July 2009 to September 2012. Watson led a number of MPs in speaking out firmly against the Digital Economy Act 2010, as the bill was being passed through Parliament in April 2010. He took part in a protest against the bill outside parliament on 24 March 2010.


Expenses

On 10 May 2009 it was revealed that since being re-elected to parliament in 2005, Watson had claimed the maximum £4,800 allowance for food in a single year. From 2005 to 2009, Watson and Iain Wright claimed over £100,000 on a central London flat they shared. Watson responded that a "Pizza cutter, pizza wheel" that appeared on a Marks & Spencer receipt he had submitted was given as a free gift after he spent £150 at the store. He added: "All claims were made under the rules set out by the House of Commons authorities. I fully understand why the public expects the system to be reformed. I voted for this last week and only hope that reforms can go even further as quickly as possible."


Early opposition career

In October 2011 Watson was promoted to become the Labour Party (UK), Labour Party National Campaign Coordinator and Deputy Chair of the Labour Party, to work with Jon Trickett and Michael Dugher in the Shadow Cabinet (UK), Shadow
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, running Labour's elections and campaigns. He resigned from this position in July 2013, in light of the 2013 Labour Party Falkirk candidate selection row. In 2013, Watson joined a cross-party campaign in support of a referendum on Brexit, Britain's membership of the European Union. He supported an amendment by the Conservative MP Adam Afriyie which called for a referendum to be held before the 2015 United Kingdom general election, 2015 general election.


Media

Watson has been critical of conservative former Fox News host Glenn Beck, claiming Beck's "type of journalism is dangerous and can have wide-ranging negative effects on society. The kind of material broadcast by Glenn Beck is not unique; a number of other 'shock jocks' operate in the States. However, none has displayed intolerance on such a frequent and irresponsible scale as Glenn Beck. It is vital that that kind of 'news' is not made or broadcast in the UK. However, the proposed acquisition of Sky UK, BSkyB by News Corporation means that there is an increased chance of it becoming a reality."Linkins, Jason (21 January 2011
British MP Tom Watson To Glenn Beck: 'You Are A Bigot'
, ''HuffPost, Huffington Post'', 21 January 2011.
Watson played a significant role in the News International phone hacking scandal by helping to bring the series of events at the ''News of the World'' into the open. As a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, he questioned Rupert and James Murdoch, along with former ''News of the World'' editor Rebekah Brooks, in a Committee session on 19 July 2011. After the subsequent re-questioning of James Murdoch on 10 November 2011, Watson likened him to a mafia boss. In July 2011 it was announced that Watson and his co-author Martin Hickman, a journalist from ''The Independent'', were writing a book dealing with the relationship between newspapers belonging to Rupert Murdoch's News UK, News International and senior British politicians and police officers. Watson wrote his book at the same time as ''The Guardian'' journalist Nick Davies was writing his, which was subsequently released as ''Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch''. Watson and Davies subsequently met and discussed their respective projects. The publication date and title of Watson's book, ''Dial M for Murdoch, Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain'', were released just three days before it was due to go on sale amid fears News International would try to prevent the launch. On the day details of the book were revealed, Watson indicated on his blog his belief that the book would be controversial: "Very excited to say we've finally finished the book. It's out this Thursday. I have a hunch it will be one of the most attacked books this year."


Operation Midland

On 24 October 2012, Watson suggested in the House of Commons that a paedophile network may have existed in the past at a high level, protected by connections to Parliament and involving a close aide to a former Prime Minister; neither the aide nor the former Prime Minister were named. He called on the Metropolitan Police to reopen a closed criminal inquiry into previous allegations. In December 2012, the Metropolitan Police stated that, after Watson had passed information to them, they had established Operation Fairbank to investigate the allegations. However, by March 2016 ''The Daily Telegraph'' reported that Operation Fairbank caused much speculation on the internet but made little progress in exposing the alleged paedophile ring. In 2015, Watson was criticised for consistently refusing to comment after it was revealed that the police had been pushed into investigating rape allegations against Leon Brittan by Watson, who wrote to the Director of Public Prosecutions (England and Wales), Director of Public Prosecutions, and that the police later had to apologise that Brittan's family were not told that the case was dropped before his death. Watson had repeated the allegations after the death. The rape allegations were examined by the Metropolitan Police but officers could not find evidence that would lead to further action. The person making the original allegations, Carl Beech, was later found guilty of making up the Westminster VIP paedophile ring. Watson was described in March 2019 at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse by lawyers for the falsely accused former MP, Harvey Proctor, as a "vehicle for conspiracy theorists". After Beech's conviction in July 2019, Lady Brittan said: “It is too late for Tom Watson to apologise but his attempt to distance himself from the false allegations of Carl Beech in the wake of the guilty verdict is disingenuous and untruthful". Harvey Proctor said "The Metropolitan Police were lapdogs to Mr Watson's crude dog whistle. It's time for the torchlight to take a closer look at Mr Watson. It is now beyond doubt that all of these allegations could never have been true and only someone with spectacular bad judgement could think that they might be. It is time for an apology from him to me..." Proctor added, "He denies it now, but he was the cheerleader in chief for Mr Beech. He was in the team. Tom Watson scared the Metropolitan Police to death over phone hacking. He intended to do the same for historic child sexual abuse. Not because Tom Watson has got any interest in historic child sexual abuse. Tom Watson has got a great interest in himself, and in grandstanding, just as he is doing currently on his so-called anti-Semitism campaign." Proctor later asked the Labour Party to suspend Watson and to investigate his behaviour on the grounds of breaching the party's membership code and bringing it into disrepute. Edwin Bramall, Lord Bramall's son also demanded an apology. One of the daughters of the late Greville Janner, who was also accused by Beech, Laura Janner-Klausner, Rabbi Janner-Klausner, said "We have a system where people are believed instantly before the evidence is examined instead of being listened to compassionately and the allegations properly investigated. People were able to accuse (my father) without a shred of evidence and were believed straight away." Daniel Janner QC, his son, said "Tom Watson should resign. He appointed himself Britain’s chief paedo-finder general and created a moral panic. His motive was personal political advancement riding on a bandwagon of public frenzy which he had whipped up. He should hang his head in shame. For him to take the moral high ground in the Labour Party against antisemitism is completely hypocritical." Watson had also lobbied successfully Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions (England and Wales), Director of Public Prosecutions to reopen Operation Vincente, an investigation into an alleged rape in 1967 by Leon Brittan. The police had concluded initially that the allegation, made in 2014 by a woman with a history of mental health problems, was false. As a result of reopening the case, Brittan was interviewed under caution and was not told before his death that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him. In October 2019, details of the Henriques report emerged. The report said, of Watson, "His interest, however, in both Operation Midland and Operation Vincente created further pressure upon MPS officers.”; specifically, “A possible inference is that the officers, then responsible, were in a state of panic induced by Mr Watson’s letter.” It adds that Watson described Lord Brittan as being as “close to evil as any human being could be”, saying he “grossly insulted” the former home secretary. Harvey Proctor said: “The problem was that the police assigned to interview Beech lacked common sense and yielded to intense pressure from Tom Watson, an irresponsible politician out for his own publicity in order to galvanise his advancement to become deputy leader of the Labour party.” Lady Brittan said “The extent of Tom Watson’s involvement in the witch-hunt of innocent people has been laid bare. His subsequent attempts to distance himself show a complete lack of integrity. By misusing his public office to recklessly repeat false allegations, and to characterise himself as a victim, he has shown that he is unfit to hold the office of MP.”


Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

On 8 May 2015, the day after the Labour Party lost the 2015 United Kingdom general election, general election, Watson announced his intention to stand in the ensuing 2015 Labour Party (UK) deputy leadership election, deputy leadership election, becoming the first to declare. Watson was nominated by 59 Members of Parliament, more than any other candidate, and quickly emerged as the front runner. On 12 September he was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party with 198,962 votes or 50.7% in the third round, including second preference votes from those who voted for other candidates. He was also appointed Chair of the Labour Party (UK), Chair of the Labour Party and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office by new Labour leader
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. In 2019 after he stood down both as an MP and as Deputy Leader he said he had voted for Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election (UK), 2016 Leadership election. Watson is Vice Chair of Trade Union Friends of Israel (TUFI). In December 2015, Watson spoke about Labour members who took part in a vigil against proposed UK airstrikes on Syria outside the office of Stella Creasy MP, saying that "if there were Labour party members on that [anti-war] demonstration, intimidating staff members of an MP like that, then I think they should be removed from the party." His spokesman later said that Watson was unaware that the office was empty at the time. In October 2016, Watson abstained, along with 100 other Labour MPs who abstained on or voted against the Labour Party's unsuccessful motion to withdraw UK support from the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. The Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen had led to thousands of Human rights violations during the Yemeni Civil War (2015–present), civilian casualties. Watson announced in October 2017 that he had gone on hunger strike, in support of two Guantánamo Bay detainees also on hunger strike, after the US government changed its policy on prisoners who refuse food; they will not be fed at all, instead of being force feeding, force fed. In the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn#October 2016 reshuffle, October 2016 shadow cabinet reshuffle, Watson was made Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. In that role, he called for greater scrutiny of a planned takeover of Sky UK by Rupert Murdoch, Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox, Fox, backed the TV licence fee, criticised government pressure on Ofcom in relation to regulation of the BBC, and proposed fairer rail ticketing for football fans. In 2017, he announced the Labour Party would launch a review of the NHS treatment of gambling addiction. The review was published in 2018 which proposed a blanket ban in the use of credit cards for betting. Watson said making gambling payments with credit cards "significantly increases the risk gamblers will gamble more than they can afford." In June 2017, Ian Lavery replaced Watson as Labour Party Chair (2001), Labour Party Chair. In March 2018, Watson backed calls for a statue to be erected in memory of women's rights campaigner Mary Wollstonecraft. In September 2018, Watson vowed that if Labour won the next general election he would set up an independent, cross-party commission to investigate ways of preventing Diabetes mellitus type 2, type-2 diabetes, with the aim of eliminating the estimated rise in cases within five years. Following defections of Labour MPs in 2019 to The Independent Group, later Change UK, Watson set up the Future Britain Group of Labour politicians. He was criticised for continuing to accept funding from property developer David Garrard (property developer), David Garrard, who was reported to have given Change UK £1.5 million and to have financially supported Joan Ryan (politician), Joan Ryan and Ian Austin since their departure from Labour. Watson has also received funding from businessman Trevor Chinn. In July 2019, Watson was criticised by Labour's General Secretary of the Labour Party, General Secretary Jennie Formby for being irresponsible in criticising Labour's handling of Antisemitism in the UK Labour Party, antisemitism claims. Formby said he risked exacerbating fears in the Jewish community and that, while antisemitism was a real problem, steps had been taken to tackle it. Watson had asked for a copy of the party response to a request by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to be released to the Shadow Cabinet and the NEC, which Formby said she had already offered sight of to Watson (she did not address the subject of releasing it to the rest of the Shadow Cabinet and NEC), and had previously asked to be copied in on individual complaints, which had data protection issues. In response to Watson's claim that the party's response to the Panorama programme ''Is Labour Anti-Semitic'' had "smeared" the former Labour staff members and "breached all common standards of decency", Formby stated that all current Labour staff members had access to an "Employee Assistance Programme" but said the party was not made aware of the distress suffered by staff members at the time and she was "very concerned" to hear about it for the first time in the Panorama documentary. Watson was also criticised for attacking Formby when she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. The same month, former Labour and Respect Party, Respect MP George Galloway and former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor announced individually that they planned to stand against Watson at the next general election, Galloway as a pro-Brexit pro-Corbyn independent, and Proctor in protest at Watson's role in the false paedophilia allegations of Operation Midland. July also saw Watson be the subject of a complaint to the Labour Party for making allegedly antisemitic remarks; he had in his Easter message asked readers to recall the arrest of Christ by "a squad of Roman soldiers under the direction of a servant to the High Priest." The complainant, Geoffrey Alderman, said that the fact this was not antisemitic under the IHRA definition adopted by the Labour Party highlighted the definition's "flaws". This was also the month in which cartoonist Steve Bell (cartoonist), Steve Bell protested to ''The Guardian'' after it refused to run an installment of his long running 'If...' cartoon strip, which portrayed Watson as an "antisemite finder general". In September 2019, Watson made a speech urging Labour to become a pro-remain party, in order to win back disaffected remain voters. He has been quoted by ''The Guardian'' as saying that "most of those who've deserted us over our Brexit policy did so with deep regret and would greatly prefer to come back; they just want us to take an unequivocal position that, whatever happens, we'll fight to remain, and to sound like we mean it." Jeremy Corbyn rejected his proposition, saying that Labour would continue to represent both sides of the Brexit divide.


Resignation

On 6 November 2019 Watson announced that he would be standing down both as an MP and as Deputy Leader and leave office on 12 December 2019. He stated his decision was "personal, not political" and declared his intention to continue campaigning on health issues. The Jewish Labour Movement described his decision to step down as "shocking and saddening". Expanding on the reasons for his resignation in an interview in December 2019, he said "two weeks before I resigned, a guy was arrested for giving me a death threat. He was a Labour supporter. The police got in touch and said, 'We've arrested this guy', assuming I knew about it. But I didn't. The Labour party had sent out a fundraising email that he had responded to with a death threat. The party reported it to the police, but didn't tell me... the brutality and hostility is real and it's day to day. So I just thought: now's the time to take a leap, do something different. You've had a good innings. You've done good stuff. Go now." His former constituency, West Bromwich East, went to the Conservative Party for the first time since its foundation in 1974, with the Conservatives gaining a 12.1 swing on Labour.


Later career

In January 2020, it was reported that Watson had been nominated for a Peerages in the United Kingdom, peerage. According to John Rentoul, who wrote in ''The Independent'', his nomination was subsequently rejected by the House of Lords Appointments Commission, the body who vet nominees for "propriety". Watson is believed to have been rejected due to his actions surrounding Operation Midland. In March 2020, Watson was appointed chair of UK Music. In August 2020, it was reported by ''The Daily Telegraph'' that Watson was to once again be nominated for a peerage, in this instance by the Labour leader Keir Starmer. In September 2020, Watson, who had previously been heavily critical of the gambling industry, took a job as a senior adviser on problem gambling to Flutter Entertainment, which runs the Gambling in the United Kingdom, UK gambling companies Paddy Power, Betfair and Sky Betting & Gaming, Sky Bet. He produced an autobiographical book, "Downsizing" (2020) and presented a two-part documentary on ITV "Giving Up Sugar for Good" (2021) documenting his personal experience of losing seven stones in less than twelve months and putting his type 2 diabetes into remission by following a low-carbohydrate lifestyle.


Personal life

Watson was married to Siobhan and they had two children before separating in 2012. In September 2018, during an interview with BBC Radio 4's ''Today (BBC Radio 4), The Today Programme'', Watson revealed that he had been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes but had "reversed" the condition through diet and exercise. Watson explained that between the summer of 2017 and September 2018, he had lost . Watson also revealed that he had "battled weight since my early 20s". Tom Watson is a gamer and a regular reviewer of games for ''New Statesman'' and other titles. He finds it relaxing and confessed to spending too much time on ''Portal 2'' while preparing for questions during the hacking story interviews. He is also a fan of Alternative rock, alternative rock music, especially the band Drenge (band), Drenge, whom he recommended to the Labour leader
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in his letter of resignation when stepping down from the post of party general election co-ordinator. He additionally likes the music of Courtney Jaye, Danny Coughlan, Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, Primal Scream and Public Enemy (band), Public Enemy.


Bibliography

*2012 – ''Dial M for Murdoch'' (Allen Lane) *2020 – ''Downsizing'' (Kyle Books) *2020 – ''The House'' [with Imogen Robertson] (Little, Brown)


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Official blog
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on the Open Rights Group wiki
Full text of resignation letter
''BBC News Online'', 6 September 2006
The Sun pays damages to Labour MP Tom Watson
James Robinson, ''The Guardian'', 28 September 2009
Urgent question on BSkyB
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Role of Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues
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