David Watts, Baron Watts

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Watts
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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
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by John Evans
Succeeded by Conor McGinn
Personal details
Born (1951-08-26) 26 August 1951 (age 67)
St Helens, England
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Avril Davies

David Leonard Watts, Baron Watts (born 26 August 1951) is a British Labour Party politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for St Helens North from 1997 to 2015, and Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party between 2012 and 2015. He was nominated for a life peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours.[1]

Early life[edit]

He went to Malvern Primary School, Huyton 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 a union official at Huntley & Palmers' biscuit factory in Wilson Road, 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.[2] He stood down at the 2015 General Election.[3] Watts is associated with the Labour Friends of Israel.[4]

On 23 October 2015, he was created Baron Watts, of Ravenhead in the County of Merseyside, for life.[5] By virtue of that life peerage, he became a member of the House of Lords. He entered the House of Lords on 3 December 2015 continuing to sit under the Labour whip.

Personal life[edit]

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

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1951–1997: Mr David Leonard Watts
  • 1997–2015: Mr David Leonard Watts MP
  • 2015: Mr David Leonard Watts
  • 2015–: The Right Honourable The Lord Watts

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Dissolution Peerages 2015". Gov.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ "John Cryer Is The New Chair Of The PLP". LabourList. 9 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Dave Watts To Stand Down As St Helens North MP". St Helens Star. 3 January 2015.
  4. ^ "2014 11 – Parliamentary Notes". Labour Affairs Magazine. November 2014.
  5. ^ "No. 61394". The London Gazette. 29 October 2015. p. 21238.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Evans
Member of Parliament for St Helens North
Succeeded by
Conor McGinn
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tony Lloyd
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
Succeeded by
John Cryer