Charles Wardle

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Charles Wardle
Member of Parliament
for Bexhill and Battle
In office
9 June 1983 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Constituency Established
Succeeded by Gregory Barker
Personal details
Born (1939-08-23) 23 August 1939 (age 77)
Nationality British
Political party Independent
Other political
Conservative Party (until 2001)

Charles Frederick Wardle (born 23 August 1939) was a Conservative Party member of the British Parliament for Bexhill and Battle.

Wardle announced he would not contest the 2001 election in early 2000 after it was disclosed that he was doing consultancy for Mohammed Al-Fayed.[1] He was replaced by Gregory Barker in the 2001 General Election. He supported the United Kingdom Independence Party's (UKIP) Nigel Farage in that election to replace him.


Wardle was educated at Tonbridge School, where he boarded at School House,[2] followed by Lincoln College, Oxford and Harvard Business School.[3]

Life and career[edit]

In the Conservative government, Wardle had been an immigration minister under the then-Home Secretary, Michael Howard.[4] In the 2005 general election, he appeared with the Labour Party to denounce his former boss's plans on immigration and to endorse Labour.[4]

He left Parliament to take up a £120,000 post as an adviser to the controversial Mohamed Fayed the previous owner of the Harrods department store whose allegations about political corruption helped to bring down John Major's Conservative government. Mr Wardle then left the board of Harrods just four months after joining[5]


  1. ^ Watt, Nicholas (2000-04-10). "Nasty Tory faction led me to quit, says MP who took Harrods job". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  2. ^ October 2005 Reunion Publisher: Old Tonbridgian Society of Tonbridge School. Retrieved: 4 January 2013.
  3. ^ Charles Wardle: Electoral history and profile Publisher: The Guardian online. Retrieved: 4 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Barkham, Patrick (2005-04-11). "Howard ratchets up immigration rhetoric". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  5. ^