Robert Walter (politician)

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Robert Walter
MP
Robert Walter, president European security and Defence Assembly. Session 2009.jpg
Member of Parliament
for North Dorset
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Nicholas Baker
Majority 7,625 (14.1%)
Personal details
Born (1948-05-30) 30 May 1948 (age 66)
Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Sally Middleton (deceased), Feride Alp
Alma mater Aston University
Website www.bobwaltermp.com

Robert John Walter MP (born May 30, 1948), is the Conservative Member of Parliament for North Dorset in south west England. He was re-elected for a fourth term in 2010 with a much increased majority.

Early life[edit]

Bob Walter was born in 1948 and educated at Colston's School, Bristol, Warminster School and Aston University from which he gained a BSc in 1971.

Bob’s political career began as Chairman of the Aston University Conservative Association between 1967 and 1969 and Chairman of Westbury Constituency Young Conservatives from 1973 until 1976. He was Parliamentary Candidate for Bedwelty in 1979.

Prior to his election in 1997, Bob served as Chairman of the Conservative Foreign Affairs Forum (1986-8) and Chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe (1992-5). He has been a member of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations Executive Committee (1992-5) and has served as a member of the Carlton Club Political Committee.

Before entering Parliament in 1997, Bob was an international banker and sheep farmer in Devon. He is a former member of the London Stock Exchange and was a Director of Aubrey G Lanston & Co Inc. He is a visiting lecturer in East-West Trade at the University of Westminster.

Parliamentary career[edit]

In November 2010 Bob was appointed by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, to head the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,.[1] Bob was first appointed as an ordinary member of the assembly in 2002 and has previously chaired its committee dealing with media issues and freedom of the press. He also served for two years as senior vice chairman of its Economic Affairs and Development Committee. He was elected Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly and Chairman of the European Democrat Group, the third largest political group in the Assembly.

Also in 2010, Bob was elected as Chair of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

At Westminster, Bob has served as a member of the Health Select Committee (1997 to 1999), International Development Committee (2001-3) and the Treasury Committee (2003-5). He was a member of the Conservative 1922 Committee from 2002 to 2005, and had previously served as Vice Chairman of the Backbench Agriculture Committee (1997-9) and Secretary of the European Affairs Committee (1997–2001). From June 1999 to September 2001, he was Conservative Frontbench Spokesman for Constitutional Affairs and for Wales.

In February 2000, he introduced the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill, which failed to make progress. In 2004 he introduced the Restricted Byways Bill [2] , the provisions of which have now been adopted by the Government. His latest Bill introduced in 2006, the House of Commons (Participation) Bill proposed to limit the consideration of English business in the House to English MPs.

Since 1997, he has been a member of the British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body, and now serves as chairman of its European Affairs Committee.

In 2008 Bob Walter was elected President of the European Security and Defence Assembly, formerly the Assembly of the Western European Union (WEU).He held that post until the WEU was wound up and the legal basis for the Assembly, the "modified" Brussels Treaty ended in June 2011.

He is a leading member of several All-Party Parliamentary Groups including Vice-Chairman of the Human Rights Group and the Prison Health Group. Bob is Treasurer of the British Japan, British Caribbean and the Parliamentary Rugby Union groups. He is also Vice-Commodore of the House of Commons Yacht Club.

Personal life[edit]

He was Chairman of the Governors of Tachbrook School from 1980 to 1999. He was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1993 and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers in 1983.

In July 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate, D.Litt, by Aston University.

He married Sally Middleton in 1970 in Warminster, being married for 25 years until her death in 1995. He has three children: Elizabeth, Charles, and Alexander. In 2011 he married Feride Alp.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Nicholas Baker
Member of Parliament for North Dorset
1997–present
Incumbent