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 46)
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 heckled Tony Blair during a heated debate over the government's decision to extend the period of detention without trial. Walker shouted "police state", a comment to which Tony Blair responded furiously.[3][4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] He has lived with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for more than 30 years.[8]


  1. ^ Charles Walker biodata at
  2. ^ Charles Walker official website
  3. ^ "9 November 2005". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (House of Commons). col. 297. 
  4. ^ Video of PMQs in which Tony Blair reacts.
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Christopher Hope (30 December 2013). "Keith Vaz 'could be next Speaker of the House of Commons'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Charles Walker biodata, ibid.
  8. ^ "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