Robin Walker

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The Honourable
Robin Walker
MP
File:Robin Walker MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Worcester
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Foster
Majority 5,646 (11.4%)
Personal details
Born (1978-04-12) 12 April 1978 (age 41)
West Midlands
Nationality English
Political party Conservative
Relations Peter, Lord Walker (father)
Residence Worcester
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Occupation Politician
Profession Businessman
Religion Anglican
Website www.walker4worcester.com

Robin Caspar Walker[1] (born 12 April 1978) is a British Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Worcester constituency. He was selected for the seat in August 2006.

His father was Peter Walker, Baron Walker of Worcester, who was MP for Worcester from 1961 to 1992.

Education and early life

Walker was educated at St Paul’s School in Barnes, London, followed by a scholarship at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he read Ancient and Modern History.

After leaving University, he set up his own internet business before pursuing a successful career in the City of London with the financial communications company, Finsbury Group, advising the Chief Executives and Financial Directors of some of the country’s leading industrial companies on their communications with the press and the financial community.

Career

Walker has campaigned in three elections, working for Secretary of State for Health Stephen Dorrell in 1997, for Richard Adams, the Conservative Candidate for Worcester in 2001, and as press officer for Oliver Letwin, then Shadow Chancellor, in 2005.

In 2010 he defeated incumbent MP Mike Foster to win the Worcester seat, eighteen years after his father retired as a Member of Parliament and joined the House of Lords.

Parliamentary career

Since being elected Member of Parliament for Worcester, Walker has campaigned for jobs for local people in Worcester, more and better apprenticeships, fairer funding in education, cutting fuel duty as well as a referendum on the European Union. Walker was described by The Independent as "the hugely likeable Tory MP for Worcester" [2] which referenced a Labour MP commenting "if the Tories were full of people like Robin, they would win every general election".

Walker was elected to the Business Innovation and Skills Committee in 2012, focusing on apprenticeships, SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) policy and business rates reform to improve opportunities for young people and businesses. He was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to Elizabeth Truss, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September 2014.

Robin Walker was one of a small group of Conservative MPs who rebelled from the party line and voted in favour of an in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.[3] He ultimately supported the government's plan to hold a referendum by 2017 and voted against a rebel amendment to hold the referendum in 2014[4]

Walker has campaigned for fairer funding in education as a member of the cross-party f40 campaign, which in 2014 secured an extra £350 million for lower funded areas - £5 million of which is earmarked for Worcestershire.[5][6]

Robin was made the Chairman of the All Party Group for Credit Unions in October 2014[7] Robin has supported a number of cross party initiatives on making Credit Unions available in Post offices as well as helping them to compete with larger lenders.[8] He had also received the Citizens Advice Parliamentarian of the Year Award earlier in the year[9] in recognition for his campaign for better regulation of pay day lenders

Robin campaigned for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom during Scotland's referendum on independence.[10]

In July 2014, Robin called on Prime Minister, David Cameron, to use "every tool in the box" to de-escalate the violence in Gaza and bring both sides to the table.[11]

Robin is campaigning for a two-hour train service from Worcester to London citing benefits to local constituents and businesses.[12] Robin spoke on this topic during a parliamentary debate in the House of Commons calling for a 'faster and more frequent train service.'.[13]

In 2015, Robin was made PPS to Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan. Robin also sits on the House of Commons Select Committee for Administration.

Personal life

Robin is a long-term supporter of both Worcester RFC "The Worcester Warriors" and the Worcestershire County Cricket Club. He wore the Worcestershire CCC tie whilst delivering his maiden parliamentary speech in the House of Commons.

In 2011 Walker married Charlotte Keenan,[14] former Chief Executive of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.[15][16]

References

  1. The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8746. 13 May 2010.
  2. Leftly, Mark (17 October 2014). "What if everybody said what they meant". The Independent. Retrieved 21 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Grew, Tony (31 January 2013). "Robin Reliable". PoliticsHome.com. Retrieved 21 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Robin Walker - Referendum on the UK's membership of the EU". Public Whip. Retrieved 8 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Hansard". parliament.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Tom Edwards (29 April 2014). "Extra 5m school funding for Worcestershire is not enough, say MPs". worcesternews.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Tom Edwards (15 October 2014). "Robin Walker MP named new chair of parliamentary group on credit unions". worcesternews.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Hansard". parliament.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Citizens Advice". citizensadvice.org.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Tom Edwards (8 August 2014). "Reject Independence, Worcester MP urges Scotland". worcesternews.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Tom Edwards (22 June 2014). "MP Robin Walker urges PM to use every tool in the box to cool Gaza tensions". worcesternews.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Tom Edwards (21 October 2014). "Train services have been neglected in Worcestershire". worcesternews.co.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Hansard". parliament.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. David Paine (11 April 2011). "MP swaps division bells for wedding bells". Worcester News. Retrieved 10 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Charlotte Keenan - Chief Executive, Tony Blair Faith Foundation". Churchill College, Cambridge. Retrieved 10 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Martin Bright (2 August 2014). "Inside Blair's lair". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 3 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Foster
Member of Parliament for Worcester
2010–present
Incumbent