The former deputy leader of the Labour Party joins us for reflections on a life and career in the highest echelons of British politics.
Best known today as the Labour Party’s most passionate and persuasive voice for Remain, Tom Watson has accomplished something exceedingly rare in his two decades as a member of parliament – rising to power to make a meaningful impact on life in Britain while staying outspoken, authentic and principled.
As a Minister under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom took on the tabloid newspapers and Rupert Murdoch during the phone hacking scandal, fought for reform to the gambling industry, championed greater access to the arts and advocated tighter regulation of the tech giants.
But as he helped shape the national agenda, his own body shape deteriorated. His penchant for anything sweet, fat or fizzy took its toll on his health, and by the age of 50 he weighed 22 stone and was heavily medicated for type 2 diabetes.
But as he turned 50, he vowed to turn his life around. By taking control of his diet and exercise he lost 8 stone, reversed his diabetes and became fit enough to climb Mt. Snowdon. He’s regained his health and happiness and discovered a new lease of life. Now he works in parliament to fight obesity and diabetes and reform our food systems.
In this In Conversation event, Tom will look back on his life and work, sharing insights and stories from the front benches – and providing inspiration and guidance to anyone looking to follow in his footsteps and reclaim their health, whatever their politics.