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Joan Walley MP

Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent North
Assumed office 
11 June 1987
Preceded by John Forrester

Born 23 January 1949 (1949-01-23) (age 61)
Stoke-on-Trent, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Joan Lorraine Walley (born 23 January 1949) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North since 1987.


Early life

She attended Biddulph Grammar School (now known as Woodhouse Middle School) on Woodhouse Lane 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 1970-3, she worked on an Alcoholics Recovery Project. From 1974-8, she was a Local Government Officer for Swansea City Council. She worked for Wandsworth Council from 1978-9. From 1979-82, she was a Development Officer for NACRO.

Parliamentary career

Since the deselection of her predecessor John Forrester in 1987, she has been Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent North (the second female MP for the seat after Harriet Slater from[1] 1953 to 1966). Walley had previously been a councillor on Lambeth Council.

Joan tirelessly promotes many of the strengths of the city and continues to elicit support for football in the area for both the professional and amateur game.
—Former international footballer and broadcaster Robbie Earle was impressed with the MP's work.

Personal life

She married Jan Ostrowski in 1981 and they have two sons. Walley is a Port Vale supporter (Port Vale is the major club within her constituency).[2]


External links

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


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