John Watts (British politician)

John Arthur Watts (19 April 1947 – 8 September 2016) was a Conservative Party Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom House of Commons between 1983 and 1997.

John Watts
Minister of State for Transport
In office
20 July 1994  2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byRoger Freeman
Succeeded byGavin Strang
Member of Parliament
for Slough
In office
9 June 1983  8 April 1997
Preceded byJoan Lestor
Succeeded byFiona Mactaggart
Personal details
John Arthur Watts

(1947-04-19)19 April 1947
Died16 September 2016(2016-09-16) (aged 69)
Political partyConservative

After boundary changes in 1983, Watts defeated Joan Lestor, the former Labour MP for Eton and Slough, to win the new constituency of Slough. John Watts decided not to contest the Slough seat at 1997 General Election due to unfavourable boundary changes and contested Reading East where the sitting Conservative MP was retiring; however, he was defeated in Reading East by Jane Griffiths in 1997.

Watts died in September 2016 at the age of 69.[1]


  1. "John Watts, robustly Right-wing MP – obituary". 23 September 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New constituency
Member of Parliament for Slough
Succeeded by
Fiona Mactaggart