FORMER deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson was signing copies of his new weight loss book in Bewdley on Saturday.

Tom Watson, who described himself as a "kid from Kidderminster" as he stepped down from the role in November, visited Wyre Forest Books in Load Street to promote his new book, Downsizing.

The 52-year-old has struggled with his weight since his early 20s, hitting 22 stone at his heaviest.

He was heavily medicated for type 2 diabetes before he took serious action to change his life.

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Downsizing is Mr Watson's inspirational account of his weight loss journey, which has seen him radically change his nutrition and take up exercising.

In just two years, the ex-MP has undergone a life-changing transformation, losing a whopping eight stone and reversing his diabetes in the process.

Mr Watson grew up in Kidderminster and has recently returned to the area since stepping down from his political career.

Now living in Bewdley, Mr Watson was keen to do a signing in the area and wanted to support his local independent bookshop, where he has become a regular customer.

Speaking at the book-signing, he said: "It was a pleasure to do a signing at Wyre Forest Books. Weight loss has truly given me a new lease of life and I enjoy talking to others who are on their own journey to a healthier lifestyle.

"It was great to catch up with some familiar faces too."

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For customer Wendy Myers, Mr Watson's journey struck a personal chord.

She said: "Since changing my diet, I have also managed to drastically reduce my own diabetes medication.

"Tom is an inspiration and it was wonderful to meet him."

A limited number of signed copies of Downsizing are available to buy at Wyre Forest Books.

The shop is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.