Tom Watson
British politician
Tom Watson
Thomas Anthony Watson is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Bromwich East since 2001. Watson was a Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2009. In 2011, he was made the first ever Deputy Chair of the Labour Party, with responsibility for co-ordinating Labour's campaigning, by Ed Miliband.
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Tom Watson given £500k in donations by Max Mosley in past year
Guardian (UK) - 2 days
Register of MPs’ interests shows that former Formula One boss gave money to support Watson’s office as deputy leader and shadow culture secretary Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has received half a million pounds in donations from Max Mosley in less than a year, official records show. The latest register of MPs’ interests reveals that Watson registered a donation worth £300,000 from the former boss of Formula One this month. It was made via the party to support Watson’s office as deputy leader and shadow culture secretary. Continue reading...
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Jeremy Corbyn's trade union backers ready to block Tom Watson's election reforms in crunch meeting -
Google News - 5 months Jeremy Corbyn's trade union backers ready to block Tom Watson's election reforms in crunch meeting Jeremy Corbyn's trade union backers are determined to block Tom Watson's plans for reforming how future Labour leaders are elected, The Telegraph understands. Union leaders supportive of Mr Corbyn will argue in today's crunch National Executive ... Watson calls for fee-paying registered supporters to be excluded from future Labour leadership electionsHerald Scotland Jeremy corbyn opposing labour return to electoral college systemDaily Mail Ruth Smeeth: 'I've never seen anti-Semitism in Labour like this, it's normal now'Evening Standard BBC News -The Courier -LBC 97.3 -New Statesman all 520 news articles »
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Watson takes his final bow on Masters stage - 11 months
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - An emotional Tom Watson shed a tear strolling up 18 at Augusta National on Friday disappointed he missed the cut in his final Masters but happy he doesn’t have to play the uphill par-four hole anymore.
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Emily Thornberry: I don't know why Jeremy Corbyn appointed me Shadow Defence ... - The Independent
Google News - about 1 year
The Independent Emily Thornberry: I don't know why Jeremy Corbyn appointed me Shadow Defence ... The Independent Jeremy Corbyn's new shadow Defence Secretary Emily Thornberry has admitted: "I don't know why Jeremy gave me this job". Her promotion to the role was a significant move by the Labour leader as he attempts to assert his opposition to renewing Trident as ... Emily Thornberry says 'I have no idea why Jeremy Corbyn gave me this job'Daily Mail Tom Watson's power is waning – and soon he's going to have to choose where his So who is Labour's new golden boy Fabian Hamilton?Yorkshire Post The Economist -ChronicleLive -Yorkshire Evening Post all 124 news articles »
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What's So Wrong About Giving Away $45 Billion?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By now, you've seen the earth-shaking philanthropy headlines. After the birth of their daughter, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced that they'll donate 99 percent of their Facebook stock to philanthropic causes over the course of their lifetimes. Terrible, huh? Or that's at least what the unexpected controversy that's kicked up over this news might have you think. The truth is the Zuckerberg-Chan announcement reveals much about the evolution of philanthropy in ways that are encouraging and disruptive. As a firm believer in social disruption, I consider this a good thing. The fact that titans of industry are now increasingly giving away such enormous percentages of their wealth to charity, and doing so while they're alive, is remarkable. It's a striking departure from the fundamental priority of the ruling classes dating back to the beginning of time: to keep the lion's share of riches in the family, passed down from generation to generation to preserve an ...
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Tom Watson hits out at PM 'governing from the shadows' over FOI - Craven Herald
Google News - about 1 year
Craven Herald Tom Watson hits out at PM 'governing from the shadows' over FOI Craven Herald A Labour government would give citizens access to policy-making processes "at every level", deputy leader Tom Watson has promised, as he accused David Cameron of trying to avoid public scrutiny and "govern from the shadows". In a speech in London, ... and more »
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Labour storms to victory in Oldham West by-election - Financial Times
Google News - about 1 year
Financial Times Labour storms to victory in Oldham West by-election Financial Times Labour stormed to victory with an increased majority in the UK's Oldham West and Royton by-election in Jeremy Corbyn's first electoral test as leader. It won 62.2 per cent of the vote, up from 54.8 per cent at May's general election. The UK ... Oldham West and Royton by-election result: Labour holds seat but Ukip's Nigel Corbyn: Jim McMahon's Oldham win is a 'vote of confidence' in Labour – liveThe Guardian (blog) Oldham West and Royton by-election: Tom Watson dismisses Nigel Farage claims ...The Independent BBC News -Daily Mail -WalesOnline all 339 news articles »
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Labour rift widens over intervention in Syria
Guardian (UK) - over 1 year
In wake of UN vote for action against Isis, Jeremy Corbyn insists ‘enthusiasm for interventions has only multiplied the threats to us’ Jeremy Corbyn appeared to be on a collision course with his own shadow cabinet and dozens of backbench Labour MPs on Saturday after saying the atrocities in Paris made the case for a “negotiated settlement” in Syria, rather than military action against Isis. The Labour leader – a long-term opponent of western military interventions – appears increasingly at odds with senior figures in the party, including shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn and deputy leader Tom Watson. Both see a unanimous vote by the United Nations on Friday night, calling on all member states to take “all necessary measures” against Isis, as giving potential legal cover for airstrikes in Syria if they are part of a comprehensive plan to bring peace to the region. Continue reading...
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Lord Brittan sex abuse claims: apologies, denials and defiance - The Week UK
Google News - over 1 year
The Week UK Lord Brittan sex abuse claims: apologies, denials and defiance The Week UK Tom Watson, Labour's deputy leader, has apologised to Leon Brittan's widow for alleging that the former Conservative home secretary was "as close to evil as any human being could get". Giving evidence to a Home Affairs Select Committee, the Labour MP ... Tom Watson: I'm sorry for hurt caused - as Lord Brittan police questioning Tom Watson apologises to Leon Brittan's widow for repeating 'evil' slurHITC Tom Watson gives evidence to MPs about his role in Leon Brittan affair – liveThe Guardian -Financial Times -Daily Mail all 160 news articles »
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I Love the F-Word
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
By F-word, I mean FAILURE. Failure is not my friend. I don't like failure. I LOVE it. And you should, too. Here's why... I first met and fell in love with failure in the early '90s, when I got into the real estate business. Back then, the market was tough. Really tough. And I was a 20-year-old kid with no experience, no clientele and no credibility while trying to make my mark. Heck, I wasn't even old enough to drink. I needed guidance. So when I went to my first seminar, I asked the lecturer to lunch. I wanted to get his best tip for being successful in real estate. His answer? "Go fail." Huh?" was my reply. He elaborated, "Go fail -- a lot -- and fast." I said, "Hey, man (language of a 20-year-old), I thought the whole idea of success was to avoid failure." "Quite the opposite," he replied. Then he recited a quote by Tom Watson of IBM: "The key to success is massive failure. Your goal is to out-fail your competition. Whoever can fail the mos ...
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How Spanx Got Me an Interview With Warren Buffett (It's Not What You Think)
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
While working on my book, Getting There: A Book of Mentors, I found myself at a charity event with business legend Warren Buffett. The idea for Getting There was that leaders in a broad variety of fields would share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top, so I of course desperately wanted Buffett to participate. I had already sent a request to his office and been rejected, however, and the prospect of approaching him cold was daunting to say the least. Then I thought about Sara Blakely, the inventor of the shapewear company Spanx. A few months earlier, I'd interviewed Blakely for Getting There and she told me how she camped out in the reception areas of hosiery mills until she persuaded an owner to make the Spanx prototype for her and how she sold her product to Neiman Marcus by whisking their buyer into a bathroom to show off her butt in a pair of Spanx. I drew inspiration from these stories -- if Blakely was in my shoes, she would never pass up the chance to approa ...
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Be your own man, McGinley tells new Europe captain Clarke
Yahoo News - about 2 years
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Paul McGinley has urged his Ryder Cup successor Darren Clarke to 'be your own man' when he captains Europe at Hazeltine, Minnesota next year. McGinley was hailed as an inspiration by his players after guiding Europe to victory over Tom Watson's United States in Scotland in September. "The best advice I can give is to be yourself and do what you think is right," the 48-year-old McGinley told Sky Sports television. It's about doing what is best for him and doing it how he sees fit." It was a unanimous decision by the panel to give twice former vice-captain Clarke the top job instead of Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain or Dane Thomas Bjorn but McGinley acknowledged the Northern Irishman would be sailing in uncharted territory.
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Failed Falkirk candidate condemns Labour investigation
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Karie Murphy says report has not proved allegations of voting irregularities during her bid to become parliamentary candidate Read the Falkirk membership inquiry report in full The activist whose failed campaign to become Labour's parliamentary candidate in Falkirk sparked Ed Miliband's radical reorganisation of the party's union links has condemned an internal investigation into voting irregularities in the constituency. In her first statement since she was forced into standing down in the central Scotland seat, Karie Murphy said the report had not proven any allegations of voting irregularities levelled against her. On Monday night the Guardian published the full investigation online for the first time. Disclosure of the internal report, commissioned by the party's national executive committee in May, comes as Labour's hierarchy prepares for a crucial NEC meeting on Tuesday that is expected to redefine its historic relationship with the unions. The report cited "evidence that ...
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Metropolitan police accused of acting on behalf of big business
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Lord chief justice voices fears after Virgin Media offered Met a 25% share of compensation recovered from fraudsters The lord chief justice has warned police that they risk damaging their image of independence after Scotland Yard acted on behalf of big business in a private prosecution during which they received a promise of money. Virgin Media offered the Metropolitan police a 25% share of compensation recovered from fraudsters the company had targeted in a private prosecution, in which the Met used its powers of arrest and search as part of the private prosecution. Lord Thomas said it was essential that ministers, police chiefs and those supposed to hold them to account gave "very urgent consideration" to the practice. In the judgment, Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Foskett and Mr Justice Hickinbottom, said the agreement between Virgin and the Met risked damaging the police's reputation for independence. He said: "It did in fact provide an incentive for the police to devote re ...
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Huge swath of GCHQ mass surveillance is illegal, says top lawyer
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Legal advice given to MPs warns that British spy agency is 'using gaps in regulation to commit serious crime with impunity' GCHQ's mass surveillance spying programmes are probably illegal and have been signed off by ministers in breach of human rights and surveillance laws, according to a hard-hitting legal opinion that has been provided to MPs. The advice warns that Britain's principal surveillance law is too vague and is almost certainly being interpreted to allow the agency to conduct surveillance that flouts privacy safeguards set out in the European convention on human rights (ECHR). The inadequacies, it says, have created a situation where GCHQ staff are potentially able to rely "on the gaps in the current statutory framework to commit serious crime with impunity". At its most extreme, the advice raises issues about the possible vulnerability of staff at GCHQ if it could be proved that intelligence used for US drone strikes against "non-combatants" had been passed on or supp ...
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Britain to investigate possible SAS role in Indian Golden Temple attack
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into official papers which suggest the British government of Margaret Thatcher helped India plan an attack against Sikh separatists in the Golden Temple at Amritsar in 1984. The attack on Sikhism’s holiest shrine angered Sikhs around the world who accused the Indian army of desecration. The death toll remains disputed, with the Indian authorities putting it in the hundreds and Sikh groups in the thousands. The assault triggered the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who ordered the attack, when two Sikh bodyguards killed her in revenge several months later. Recently released British government papers from the time, publicised by Tom Watson, an opposition Labour party lawmaker, suggest Thatcher responded positively to an Indian government request for advice on planning the attack and sent an officer from the elite Special Air Service (SAS) to help draw up a plan ...
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Southern history: Not even past
The Economist - about 3 years
Moving Tom Watson FOR more than 80 years, a bronze statue of a stern-faced man in a frock-coat, one clenched fist at his side and one held over his head as though he were in mid-declamation, stood before the front entrance to Georgia’s capitol building. The statue is of Tom Watson, a fiery populist who in the late 19th and early 20th centuries served in Georgia’s legislature and both houses of Congress. He was also a publisher, essayist and vice-presidential candidate.At first, Watson was a progressive agrarian populist, winning the support of rural blacks and whites alike. He came to abandon those ideals, writing vicious diatribes in his magazine against blacks (“an inferior being…not any more our brother than the apes are”), Jews (“thick-lipped rakes [who] glut their eyes upon handsome Gentile women”) and Catholics (he referred to the Pope as “a fat old Dago”). He whipped up sentiment against Leo Frank, a Jewish factory worker lynched in 1913 after having been convicted, on flimsy ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Watson
  • 2015
    Age 48
    In May 2015 after the Labour Party lost that year's general election and Miliband and his deputy Harriet Harman resigned, Watson announced his intention to stand Labour Party deputy leadership election.
    More Details Hide Details He was the first candidate to emerge. Watson was nominated by 59 MPs, more than any of the other four candidates, and emerging as the front runner in the ballot.
  • 2013
    Age 46
    Watson is married to Siobhan, and the couple have two children. The couple are presently separated, which Watson asserts is due to his work on the News International phone hacking scandal. His current partner, Stephanie Peacock, was selected as the Labour PPC for the neighbouring constituency of Halesowen and Rowley Regis in 2013, but she came second behind the re-elected Conservative candidate James Morris at the 2015 general election.
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    He resigned from this position in July 2013, in light of the 2013 Labour Party Falkirk candidate selection row.
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    He resigned from the roles on in 2013 following a controversy over the selection of a candidate in Falkirk.
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  • 2012
    Age 45
    In December 2012, the Metropolitan Police stated that, after Watson had passed information to them, they had established Operation Fairbank to investigate the allegations.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He called on the Metropolitan Police to reopen a closed criminal inquiry into previous allegations.
  • 2011
    Age 44
    In October 2011, he was promoted to become Deputy Chair of the Labour Party, to work with Jon Trickett and Michael Dugher in the Shadow Cabinet Office, running Labour's elections and campaigns.
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    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 International and senior British politicians and police officers.
    More Details Hide Details 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: 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."
    The summons against Staines was withdrawn on 30 November 2011, the day before he was due to give evidence.
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    On 27 November 2011, Watson's website published Alastair Campbell's evidence that was due to be presented to the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics during the following week.
    More Details Hide Details After this act was highlighted on the Guido Fawkes blog, together with references to the source material, the page was withdrawn. Paul Staines, editor of Guido Fawkes, was summoned, on the same day that this appeared, to appear in front of the enquiry. It appeared that Watson was not going to be summoned to appear as the Leveson Enquiry had deemed that he copied it from the Guido Fawkes blog, a version that had been redacted. No details were to hand to verify the dates and times of his publication, nor how it appeared to be unredacted.
    After the subsequent re-questioning of James Murdoch on 10 November 2011, Tom Watson received widespread coverage for his likening of Murdoch to a mafia boss.
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    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 43
    He took part in a protest against the bill outside Parliament on 24 March 2010.
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    Tom 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 during the 'wash-up' period before the election.
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  • 2009
    Age 42
    On 10 May 2009 it was revealed that since being re-elected as MP in 2005, Watson claimed the maximum £4,800 allowance for food in a single year.
    More Details Hide Details From 2005–2009, Watson and Iain Wright claimed over £100,000 on the apartment they share. Watson responded that a "pizza wheel" that appeared on a Marks & Spencer receipt he 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.
  • 2008
    Age 41
    Watson was Minister for Digital Engagement at the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Ed Miliband appointed Watson as the Deputy Chair of the Labour Party and the Labour Party's Campaign Co-ordinator.
  • 2006
    Age 39
    On 6 September 2006, he resigned his ministerial position and released a further statement calling on Blair to resign:It is with the greatest sadness that I have to say that I no longer believe that your remaining in office is in the interest of either the party or the country...
    More Details Hide Details How and why this situation has arisen no longer matters. I share the view of the overwhelming majority of the party and the country that the only way the party and the government can renew itself in office is urgently to renew its leadership. 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. He said that he had planned to dismiss Watson from Government for having signed the letter urging him to resign. Within days of the incident suggestions appeared that Watson had been to Chancellor Gordon Brown's residence in Scotland only the day before the memo was sent to Blair. Watson claimed he was dropping off a present for Brown's new baby Fraser and that neither the issue of the note, nor "any politics" were discussed.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Government Chief Whip, Jacqui Smith, told Watson that evening that he must either withdraw his signature to the letter, or resign his post.
    He was promoted on 5 May 2006 to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence.
    More Details Hide Details During his time at the MoD, Watson was instrumental in ensuring that soldiers shot for cowardice in World War I received posthumous pardons. Watson was said to have acted having met the relatives of Private Harry Farr, who was executed during World War I despite strong evidence that he was suffering shellshock. The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during World War I was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006. This number included three from New Zealand, 23 from Canada, two from the West Indies, two from Ghana and one each from Sierra Leone, Egypt and Nigeria.
  • 2004
    Age 37
    Watson was appointed as an Assistant Government Whip on 9 September 2004 and was nominated as a "Top Toadie" by The Guardian Diary on 6 January 2005.
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    In 2004, he won the New Statesman New Media Award in the category of elected representative for using his weblog to further the democratic process.
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  • 2003
    Age 36
    In 2003, he became to include a weblog on his website.
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    In 2003 Tom Watson voted for the Iraq War and subsequently voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war
    More Details Hide Details Tom Watson was campaign organiser for the Labour Party in the Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election in July 2004, in which he retained the seat in difficult political times for the party, in the wake of the Iraq War. This 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."
  • 2002
    Age 35
    In 2002, Watson moved a Ten Minute Rule Bill to change organ donation laws.
    More Details Hide Details The Organ Donation (Presumed Consent and Safeguards) Bill was part of a joint campaign with the British Medical Association to increase the supply of organ donors in the UK.
    In 2002 Watson was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee when it ran an inquiry into UK drug policy.
    More Details Hide Details Watson voted to support the Committee's final recommendation that called upon the UK Government 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, Watson launched a campaign to ban album sales of convicted sex offender Gary Glitter.
  • 2001
    Age 34
    He was elected MP for West Bromwich East in 2001.
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  • 1997
    Age 30
    He then worked on the party's 1997 general election campaign before becoming the National Political Officer of the AEEU trade union.
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  • 1993
    Age 26
    In 1993, he began to work for the Labour Party as National Development Officer for Youth.
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  • 1992
    Age 25
    He was Chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students from 1992–93.
    More Details Hide Details He then worked as a marketing officer and advertising account executive.
    Tom Watson was educated at King Charles I School, Kidderminster, and the University of Hull, where he was active in the Hull University Labour Club and elected President of the Students' Union in 1992.
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  • 1967
    Age 0
    Born on January 8, 1967.
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