David Watts (politician)
|Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party|
15 March 2012 – 9 February 2015
|Preceded by||Tony Lloyd|
|Succeeded by||John Cryer|
|Member of Parliament
for St Helens North
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||John Evans|
|Succeeded by||Conor McGinn|
26 August 1951 |
St Helens, England
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. He was nominated for a life peerage in August 2015.
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.
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.
He married Avril Davies in 1972. They have two sons.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for St Helens North
|Party political offices|
|Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
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