ST Helens MP Conor McGinn has offered praise to his predecessor who has been appointed to the House of Lords.
Dave Watts, who represented St Helens North constituency for 18 years until he stepped down earlier this year, was announced on the list of Dissolution Honours on Thursday.
Mr McGinn said: “This is a hugely deserved appointment which is testament to Dave’s hard work and commitment to St Helens and the Labour Party for more than four decades.
“Dave has a huge amount of experience in local government and as an MP, and his appointment to the House of Lords will allow him to continue to make a valuable contribution to civic and political life. He was a fantastic MP for this area and will be a fine ambassador for St Helens in the House of Lords. I’m really looking forward to working with him again in Parliament.
“This recognition of Dave’s public service is also a tribute to his late wife Avril, whose steadfast support and partnership helped him to serve our community and our party so well.
“I know that Dave’s sons Paul and David are very proud of their Dad. All of his friends in St Helens North Labour Party are proud of him too, and we wish him the very best in his new role.”
Mr Watts is also a former leader of St Helens Council who served in a number of parliamentary and government posts, including as Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (2008 to 2010) and was Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 2012 to 2015.