Harold Walker, Baron Walker of Doncaster

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Walker of Doncaster
Chairman of Ways and Means
In office
11 June 1983 – 6 May 1992
Speaker Bernard Weatherill
Preceded by Bernard Weatherill
Succeeded by Michael Morris
Minister of State for Employment
In office
14 April 1976 – 4 May 1979
Prime Minister James Callaghan
Preceded by Albert Booth
Succeeded by Grey Ruthven
Member of Parliament
for Doncaster Central
Doncaster (1964–1983)
In office
15 October 1964 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by Anthony Barber
Succeeded by Rosie Winterton
Personal details
Born (1938-10-17)17 October 1938
Audenshaw, Lancashire, England
Died 12 August 2003(2003-08-12) (aged 64)
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Harold Walker, Baron Walker of Doncaster, PC, DL (12 July 1927 – 11 November 2003)[1] was an English Labour politician.

Born in Audenshaw, Walker was educated at Manchester College of Technology and became a toolmaker. He served in the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm and was a lecturer for the National Council of Labour Colleges.

Walker was elected member of Parliament for Doncaster (after 1983 Doncaster Central) at the 1964 general election. He was a junior whip and then junior employment minister in the first Harold Wilson government, and continued being spokesman on employment in opposition, returning to the ministry in 1974. He was Minister of State at the Department of Employment 1976-79 and he became a Privy Counsellor in 1979.

Walker left the employment brief in 1983 following that year's general election, and became Chairman of Ways and Means & Deputy Speaker to Bernard Weatherill. He did not, however, become Speaker when Weatherill retired in 1992, that honour instead going to Betty Boothroyd. He was knighted in 1992 and returned to the backbenches.

Walker retired in 1997 and was made a life peer as Baron Walker of Doncaster. In 1998 he became a Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and Honorary Freeman of Doncaster.

Walker died in 2003, Aged 84.


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with D, part 2". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Anthony Barber
Member of Parliament for Doncaster
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Doncaster Central
Succeeded by
Rosie Winterton
Preceded by
Bernard Weatherill
Chairman of Ways and Means
1983 – 1992
Succeeded by
Michael Morris