Joan Walley

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Joan Walley
Member of the Electoral Commission
for the Labour Party
Assumed office
1 November 2018
Nominated byJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byBridget Prentice
Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent North
In office
11 June 1987 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byJohn Forrester
Succeeded byRuth Smeeth
Personal details
Born (1949-01-23) 23 January 1949 (age 74)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Political partyLabour

Joan Lorraine Walley (born 23 January 1949) is a British Labour Party politician, who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent North from the 1987 general election until 2015.

Early life[edit]

She attended Biddulph Grammar School (now known as Woodhouse Middle School) in Biddulph, north Staffordshire. At the University of Hull, she gained a BA in Social Administration. From the University College of Wales, Swansea, she gained a Diploma in Community Work Development. From 1970 to 1973, she worked on an Alcoholics Recovery Project. From 1974 to 1978, she was a Local Government Officer for Swansea City Council. She worked for Wandsworth Council from 1978 to 1979. From 1979 to 1982, she was a Development Officer for NACRO.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Following the deselection of her predecessor John Forrester, she stood as the Labour Party candidate for Stoke-on-Trent North (the second female MP for the seat after Harriet Slater) and became the constituency's Member of Parliament (MP) at the 1987 general election.[1] Walley had previously been a Lambeth councillor.

She was elected by the House to be the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee on 9 June 2010.[2]

In November 2013 she announced her intention to stand down at the next general election in 2015.[3] Walley became a member of the Electoral Commission in 2018.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She married Jan Ostrowski in 1981; the couple have two sons; Daniel, born 1981, and Tom, born 1983. Walley is a supporter of Port Vale, the football club in her constituency.[5]


  1. ^ Earle, Robbie (31 December 2009). "Robbie Earle: Stoke and Vale among the successes of the 'Noughties'". The Sentinel. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  2. ^ Environmental Audit Committee – membership Accessed 27 December 2013
  3. ^ "Stoke-on-Trent North Labour MP Joan Walley to stand down". BBC News. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  4. ^ Electoral Commission - Who We Are. "Joan Walley - Commissioner".
  5. ^ Tideswell, Martin (4 April 2009). "Port Vale: Big names back Vale's 'bargain' season ticket". The Sentinel. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2009.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North
Succeeded by