Harold Walker, Baron Walker of Doncaster
The Lord Walker of Doncaster
Walker as Deputy Speaker chairing the Budget debate, March 1990
|Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons|
Chairman of Ways and Means
23 June 1983 – 6 May 1992
|Preceded by||Bernard Weatherill|
|Succeeded by||Michael Morris|
|Minister of State for Employment|
14 April 1976 – 4 May 1979
|Prime Minister||James Callaghan|
|Preceded by||Albert Booth|
|Succeeded by||Lord Gowrie|
|Member of Parliament|
for Doncaster Central
15 October 1964 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Anthony Barber|
|Succeeded by||Rosie Winterton|
|Born||12 July 1927|
Audenshaw, Lancashire, England
|Died||11 November 2003(aged 76)|
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 died in 2003, aged 76.
- "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with D, part 2". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "Obituary - Lord Walker of Doncaster". The Independent. 13 November 2003. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Harold Walker
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Doncaster
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Doncaster Central
| Chairman of Ways and Means
1983 – 1992
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