For the American hairstylist, see: Andre Walker
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. He co-presented a late-night show on the political internet-TV stream 18 Doughty Street, and has appeared on a number of radio and television channels, including BBC Two, BBC Radio Five Live, ITV and Channel 4. He has also written for The Guardian.
A member of the Conservative Party, Walker was an Executive Committee member of Conservative Way Forward. He also served on the first elected National Management Executive Committee of Conservative Future from 1999–2000, and as Chairman of Greater Manchester Conservative Future. He stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate for the Wigan Council in 2002 and 2004. He has worked as a press officer and political aide for the Conservative group at the London Assembly, and for the local councils in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Windsor & Maidenhead.
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.
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. 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. He had previously stood for NUS Vice-President for Further Education & Union Development in 2002, finishing fourth in a field of seven candidates. A former university debater, Walker represented Royal Holloway at the 1999 European Debating Championships, reaching the Grand Final.
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