About Tom

Tom Watson is Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and has been MP for West Bromwich East since 2001.

Tom first folded Labour Party leaflets in the family kitchen in Kidderminster at the age of seven, and has been involved in every single General Election since then.

Before University Tom worked in advertising and for Save the Children. His first job with the Labour Party was as a trainee library assistant. As a student, Tom campaigned for reform of Labour’s youth section and moved the resolution to set up Young Labour in 1992, and was elected National Chair of Labour Students. Tom worked in the trade union movement until 2001, when he was elected Labour MP for West Bromwich East.

Tom served as a Minister for Tony Blair and worked at the very heart of Downing Street with Gordon Brown. During his time in parliament, Tom has taken on some real battles. Tom has consistently spoken out against injustice - be it to the paedophiles who evaded the police or criminal phone hackers in the media.

In September 2015, Tom was elected as Labour's Deputy Leader, alongside Jeremy Corbyn, the new Leader of the Labour Party, gaining 198,962 votes or 50.7%, including second preference votes from those who voted for other candidates. In 2016 took the post of Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Tom launched Labour’s EU referendum campaign in Manchester and visited more than 24 towns and cities across the country, as well as delivering major speeches in Coventry and London.

Back on the campaign trail for the General Election in 2017, Tom campaigned in 50 seats across England and Wales spreading the message that Labour is for the many, not the few.

He has since established major projects including The Future of Work Commission, the Gambling Addiction Review which has led public policy reform around the betting industry, and is currently setting up an independent commission into tackling obesity and stemming the rise of type 2 diabetes.