Walter Sweeney

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

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. He has three daughters.[citation needed]

Sweeney stood in the 2012 election for Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside as an Independent.[5] He finished sixth with 5,118 votes.



  1. ^ "Members since 1979" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 20 April 2009.
  2. ^ Walter Sweeney: election profile
  3. ^ "Total Politics - Where are they Now? - Walter Sweeney". Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Paul Linford - Sweeney Rides Again". Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Crick on Politics - Tories in rumpus at who should fight John Prescott". Retrieved 7 July 2012.

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