Thelma Walker

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Thelma Walker
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Member of Parliament
for Colne Valley
In office
9 June 2017 6 November 2019
Preceded by Jason McCartney
Succeeded byJason McCartney
Personal details
Born (1957-04-07) 7 April 1957 (age 62)
Political party Labour
Spouse(s)Rob Walker
Education Marple Hall Grammar School
Alma mater Manchester Polytechnic

Thelma Doris Walker [1] (born 7 April 1957) is a British former Labour Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Colne Valley from 2017 general election to 2019. Prior to her political career, she worked as a teacher for 34 years and later as an independent consultant.


Early life and teaching career

Walker was born on 7 April 1957. She attended Marple Hall Grammar School in Manchester, England. Walker graduated in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in Education from Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University). She then worked as a teacher in Stockton-on-Tees for 12 years before moving to Kirklees, West Yorkshire. Walker was the headteacher of Overthorpe C of E School and Flockton C of E First School. After 34 years as a teacher, she became an independent consultant in 2012. [2] [3] [4]

Political career

Walker was elected as the MP for Colne Valley in the 2017 general election with a majority of 915 (1.5%) votes. [5] The seat had previously been held by Conservative politician Jason McCartney since 2010. [6] Walker made her maiden speech on 27 June 2017. [7] She has sat on the Education Select Committee since September 2017, and was a member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee between January and February 2018. [8]

She is a signatory of the MPs Not Border Guards pledge, which vows to not report constituents to the Home Office for immigration enforcement. [9] Hayman is a supporter of the Labour Against Private Schools campaign, which aims to commit Labour to abolishing independent schools in the United Kingdom. [10] [11]

Walker supported the United Kingdom (UK) remaining within the European Union (EU) in the 2016 UK EU membership referendum. In the indicative votes on 27 March 2019, she voted for a referendum on a Brexit withdrawal agreement, and for a customs union with the EU. [12]

Walker lost her seat in the 2019 general election to Jason McCartney of the Conservatives, who she had previously unseated as the MP in 2017. [13]

Personal life

She is married to Rob Walker. They have two children. He is a Labour councillor for Colne Valley ward of Kirklees Council. [14] She is a trustee of Slaithwaite Civic Hall. [2]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jason McCartney
Member of Parliament
for Colne Valley

Succeeded by
Jason McCartney