Harold Walker, Baron Walker of Doncaster
The Lord Walker of Doncaster
|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||The Earl of Gowrie|
|Member of the House of Lords|
21 October 1997 – 11 November 2003
|Member of Parliament|
for Doncaster Central
15 October 1964 – 8 April 1997
|Preceded by||Anthony Barber|
|Succeeded by||Rosie Winterton|
|Born||12 July 1927|
Audenshaw, Lancashire, England
|Died||11 November 2003 76)(aged|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Mary Walker [nee Griffin]|
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. When Labour lost the election in 1979, Walker became the opposition spokesman for employment and training.
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 created a life peer as Baron Walker of Doncaster, of Audenshaw in the County of Greater Manchester on 26 September 1997. In 1998 he became a Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and Honorary Freeman of Doncaster.
- "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with D, part 2". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "No. 54907". The London Gazette. 1 October 1997. p. 11063.
- "Obituary - Lord Walker of Doncaster". The Independent. 13 November 2003. Retrieved 10 July 2017.