Walter Sweeney

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Walter Sweeney
Member of Parliament
for the Vale of Glamorgan
In office
9 April 1992 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by John Smith
Succeeded by John Smith
Personal details
Born (1949-04-23)23 April 1949
Dublin, Ireland [clarification needed]
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Nuala Kennan; 3 children
Profession Solicitor

Walter Edward Sweeney (born 23 April 1949[1]) is a British Conservative politician.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Sweeney contested Stretford in 1983, but Labour's Tony Lloyd beat him by 4,432 votes.

In 1992, he was elected MP for the Vale of Glamorgan by 19 votes, defeating Labour's John Smith who had won the seat in a 1989 by-election. In the 1997 Labour landslide, however, Sweeney lost the seat back to Smith.[2]

Haltemprice and Howden Election[edit]

In 2008 Sweeney, a member of the executive committee of The Freedom Association,[3] made a surprise political re-appearance,[4] standing as an Independent against the Conservative candidate in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election.


Sweeney lives in Beverley, Yorkshire, with his wife, his three daughters, and two dogs named Juno and Pickles. Two of his daughters recently began attending Durham University. Walter Sweeney and runs a 5* Bed and Breakfast, while also working as a solicitor at a law firm in Hull.

Sweeney stood in the election for Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside as an Independent.[5] He finished sixth with 5,118 votes.



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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Smith
Member of Parliament for Vale of Glamorgan
Succeeded by
John Smith