Charles Walker (British politician)

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Charles Walker
Member of Parliament
for Broxbourne
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Marion Roe
Majority 18,804 (41.2%)
Personal details
Born (1967-09-11) 11 September 1967 (age 47)
Oxfordshire, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Oregon

Charles Ashley Rupert Walker (born 11 September 1967) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom, where he has been Member of Parliament for Broxbourne since 2005.


Walker was educated at the American School in London,[citation needed] followed by the University of Oregon in the United States, receiving a BSc in Political Science in 1990.[citation needed]

Life and career[edit]

Walker was a member of Wandsworth Council from 2002-06. He has pursued a career in marketing and communications and has held senior positions within a number of people focused businesses. He was on the Board of Directors of Blue Arrow, the staffing firm, which places upwards of 20,000 people into work each day.[1] Walker belongs to the trade union Amicus.[2]

He stood in Ealing North in 2001. In the 2005 general election he was elected Member of Parliament for Broxbourne, succeeding Dame Marion Roe.

Walker was one of the 23 MPs to sign the Motion of No Confidence in Speaker Michael Martin in May 2009. Walker was elected as a Vice Chairman of the 1922 Committee on 26 May 2010.

In December 2013 Walker was the only MP to confirm in a Telegraph survey that he would accept an 11% pay increase.[3]

His championship of the pay rise and membership of the Speaker’s committee led to consideration as a potential speaker when John Bercow stands down.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Walker is the stepson of Christopher Chataway, a well-known middle distance runner, former Conservative MP and Leader of the Inner London Education Authority. He is married and has three young children.[5] He has lived with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for more than 30 years.[6]


  1. ^ Charles Walker biodata at
  2. ^ Charles Walker official website
  3. ^ Miranda Prynne (12 December 2013). "Telegraph database: find out if your MP is planning to take Ipsa's 11 per cent pay hike". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Christopher Hope (30 December 2013). "Keith Vaz 'could be next Speaker of the House of Commons'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Charles Walker biodata, ibid.
  6. ^ "MPs Charles Walker and Kevan Jones tell of mental health issues". BBC. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Marion Roe
Member of Parliament for Broxbourne