David Watts (politician)

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David Watts
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
In office
15 March 2012 – 9 February 2015
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Tony Lloyd
Succeeded by John Cryer
Member of Parliament
for St Helens North
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by John Evans
Succeeded by TBD
Majority 13,101 (29.4%)
Personal details
Born (1951-08-26) 26 August 1951 (age 63)
St Helens, England
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Avril Davies

David Leonard Watts (born 26 August 1951) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for St Helens North from 1997 to 2015, and was the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party between 2012 and February 2015.

Early life[edit]

He went to Malvern Primary School and Huyton Hey Secondary Modern School on Seel Road in Huyton. He had previously been leader of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council for four years. He was the shop steward of a United Biscuits factory on Binns Road in Huyton.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Watts was a Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury from 2008 to 2010. On 15 March 2012, he was elected to succeed Tony Lloyd as the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, a role he performed until he stood down to be replaced by John Cryer on 9 February 2015.[1]

He is standing down at the 2015 General Election.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Avril Davies in 1972. They have two sons.

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References[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Evans
Member of Parliament
for St Helens North

19972015
Succeeded by
TBD
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tony Lloyd
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
2012–2015
Succeeded by
John Cryer