Robert Walter was re-elected MP for North Dorset in May 2010 with a majority of 7,625 votes.
He was born in 1948 and educated at the Warminster School and University of Aston in Birmingham (BSc 1971). He was married for 25 years until the death of his wife, Sally in 1995. He has three children: Elizabeth, Charles, and Alexander.
Before entering Parliament in 1997 Bob was an international banker and farmer. He is a former member of the London Stock Exchange and was a Director of Aubrey G Lanston & Co Inc.
Since 1997 he has been a member of the British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body, and now serves as chairman of its European Affairs Committee.
At Westminster Bob has served as a member of the Health Select Committee (1997 to 1999), International Development Committee (2001-1003) and the Treasury Committee (2003-2005). From June 1999 to September 2001, he was Conservative Frontbench Spokesman for Constitutional Affairs and for Wales.
He is a leading member of several all party Parliamentary groups including Vice Chairman of the Human Rights Group and the Prison Health Group. Bob is Treasurer of the British Japan, British Caribbean and the Parliamentary Rugby Union groups. He is also Vice Commodore of the House of Commons Yacht Club.
Bob's political career began as Chairman of the Aston University Conservative Association (1967-1969) and Chairman of Westbury Constituency Young Conservatives 1973 until 1976.
Before entering Parliament, Bob has served as Chairman of the Conservative Foreign Affairs Forum (1986-1988) and Chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe (1992-1995). He has been a member of the Conservative Party's National Union Executive Committee (1992-1995) and has served as a member of the Carlton Club Political Committee.
In 2011 he was appointed chair of the British group of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and heads the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe.
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