Tom Watson, the ex-government minister, former Labour Deputy Leader, author and broadcaster joins as the newly-appointed president of Counterculture Partnership LLP.
The MP for West Bromwich East for eighteen years, Tom Watson served as a minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as well as being a key figure on the opposition front benches until he stood down from parliament in 2019. As Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (2015-19) he led the party’s internal organisation through complex and demanding political and organisational challenges and helped deliver the party from multi-million debt to surplus.
As Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (2016 – 2019) Tom was a consistent and very vocal champion of the arts and creative sectors, developing initiatives to classify small music venues and places of culture, lobbying MEPs in support of copyright enhancement as well as developing a regulation framework for the tech industry.
As Minister for the Civil Service and Digital Engagement (2005-09) he established the Power of Information Task Force that led to the creation of the Open Data Institute and Government Digital Service.
Tom is also the author of two best-selling books, ‘Dial M for Murdoch’ published in 2012 and ‘Downsizing’ published in 2019.
In his first intervention as the newly-appointed president of Counterculture Partnership LLP, Tom Watson, the ex-government minister, former Labour Deputy Leader, author and broadcaster, has spelt out the vital importance of the arts and creative sector to the UK’s post-covid recovery. He argues that support for the sector must be a central component of the Government’s efforts to kickstart the UK economy in the aftermath of the pandemic but also acknowledges that the sector, itself, needs to make big changes in the way it does things.Read more