André Walker

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André John Paul Walker (born 19 April 1979) is a political and media figure from the United Kingdom.

Walker was the presenter of Channel M television's political talk show, Gloves Off, in 2004.[1] He co-presented a late-night show on the political internet-TV stream 18 Doughty Street,[2][3] and has appeared on a number of radio and television channels, including BBC Two,[4] BBC Radio Five Live,[5] ITV and Channel 4.[6] He has also written for The Guardian.[7]

A member of the Conservative Party, Walker was an Executive Committee member of Conservative Way Forward.[8] He also served on the first elected National Management Executive Committee of Conservative Future from 1999–2000,[6] and as Chairman of Greater Manchester Conservative Future.[9] He stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate for the Wigan Council in 2002 and 2004.[10] He has worked as a press officer and political aide for the Conservative group at the London Assembly,[11] and for the local councils in Westminster,[12] Hammersmith & Fulham, and Windsor & Maidenhead.[3]

In 2010, Walker resigned from his position at Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council after being overheard on a train boasting about how he helped conduct a smear campaign against Alison Knight, the Deputy Leader of the Council. Walker was overheard telling a colleague over his mobile phone that he had "injected poison" into the career of Knight. Robert Bobbin, a fellow passenger on a commuter train from Waterloo station, recorded the conversation and placed it on the YouTube along with a picture he took of Walker in his seat. Following this, the story was picked up by the national press.[13]

Walker now works at the House of Commons.[14]

Walker was educated at Royal Holloway, University of London, the University of Salford, and Birkbeck, University of London. From 1999-2000, he served as Chairman of the University of London Union Council.[6] In 2003, he stood as the Conservative Future candidate for President of the National Union of Students (NUS), coming fourth in an election won by the incumbent Labour Students candidate Mandy Telford.[15] He had previously stood for NUS Vice-President for Further Education & Union Development in 2002, finishing fourth in a field of seven candidates.[16] A former university debater, Walker represented Royal Holloway at the 1999 European Debating Championships, reaching the Grand Final.[17][18]

André's brother Dominic Walker is a well known radio DJ in North West England.