Bill Walker (Scottish Conservative politician)

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William Connoll Walker OBE (20 February 1929 – 6 June 2017), known as Bill Walker, was deputy chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party. He was a member of Parliament from 1979 to 1997 and one of the Maastricht Rebels against the embattled administration of John Major during the mid-1990s. He never held any office in government.

Air Cadets

Walker began his cadet career in 1942 with 1707 (Dundee) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC). Joining the organisation just a year after its inception, he continued his affinity with the air cadets ever since. He went on to spend a total of nine years in full-time regular RAF service, doing National Service including tours in the Middle East and later started the new Central Gliding School as a flight lieutenant. He has since held several different roles, many of which featured within the Air Cadet gliding fraternity, the largest gliding organisation in the world, culminating in his appointment in the 1990s as President of Air Cadet Gliding and in 2011 becoming the first officer of the RAFVR(T) to be appointed to the rank of group captain.[1]

Parliamentary career

Walker stood at Dundee East in the October 1974 general election, coming third.

He was first elected in the 1979 general election as the member for Perth and East Perthshire. In 1983 he became MP for the newly formed Tayside North, a seat he held until being defeated by the SNP's John Swinney in 1997.

He was elected Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives in June 2000.[2] He was reelected in 2006, serving until 2008.

Walker was also implicated in the Cash for Questions scandal that involved other Conservative MPs but the matter was not taken further when it emerged that he had given the cash to charity.[3]

He died on 6 June 2017 at the age of 88.[4][5]


  • Scotland and Unionism - The Way Forward, by Bill Walker, M.P., & Dr. Mark Mayall, [Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Livingston (UK Parliament constituency) in 1987], Conservative Monday Club Policy Paper, May 1988.
  • Scotland - Reversing the Tory Decline, by Dr. Mark Mayall (Monday Club Chairman), Foreword by Bill Walker, M.P. Monday Club Policy Paper, February 1991.


  1. ^ Bill continues to soar with the air cadets, Air Cadet Organisation, 26 May 2011
  2. ^ 'Convincing' win for right-winger, BBC News, 19 June 2000
  3. ^ The Parliamentary Monitor, Volume 3, Parliamentary Communications, Limited, 1994, page 34
  4. ^ Obituary - Bill Walker, Scots Tory MP who lost his seat in 1997 wipeout, The Herald, 13th June 2017
  5. ^ Group Captain Bill Walker,, The Times, June 23 2017

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Bill Walker
  • History of the constituency from Scottish Politics

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Douglas Crawford
Member of Parliament for Perth & East Perthshire
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for North Tayside
Succeeded by
John Swinney

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