Walter Johnson (politician)

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Walter Hamlet Johnson (21 November 1917 – 12 April 2003) was a British Labour Party politician.

Walter Johnson
Member of Parliament
for Derby South
In office
Preceded byPhilip Noel-Baker
Succeeded byMargaret Beckett
President of the Railway Clerks' Association
In office
Preceded byTom Bradley
Succeeded byJim Mills
Personal details
Walter Hamlet Johnson

(1917-11-21)21 November 1917
Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
Died12 April 2003(2003-04-12) (aged 85)
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
Political partyLabour

Early lifeEdit

Johnson was born in Hertford.

Political careerEdit

Before being elected, Johnson stood several times for Parliament without success. In the 1955 General Election he fought Bristol West, but was defeated by the Conservative Cabinet Minister Walter Mockton. He contested South Bedfordshire in 1959, and a by-election at Acton in 1968 that was one of three Labour seats lost that day (in Johnson's case to the future Cabinet Minister Kenneth Baker).

Following the retirement of Philip Noel-Baker as the Member of Parliament, Johnson retained Derby South at the 1970 general election for the Labour Party, and was an assistant government whip from 1974 to 1975. He stood down as an MP at the 1983, after which he was succeeded by Margaret Beckett.

Johnson was partly funded by the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association.[1] He was treasurer of that Association from 1965 to 1977.[2]


He died in Haywards Heath, aged 85.


  1. ^ Voices of the Association,, accessed September 2009
  2. ^ Malcolm Wallace; Dave Hillam (2003) [1996]. "Treasurers of the Association". Single or Return. TSSA. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2007.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Derby South
Succeeded by
Trade union offices
Preceded by President of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association
1977 – 1981
Succeeded by
Jim Mills