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The Right Honourable
 The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey PC

In office
1989 – 1997
Preceded by Chris Patten
Succeeded by Clare Short

In office
1986 – 1989
Preceded by Malcolm Rifkind
Succeeded by Francis Maude

In office
February 1974 – 1992
Preceded by Ernest Marples
Succeeded by Angela Eagle

Born 29 April 1942 (1942-04-29) (age 67)
Birth name Lynda Bates
Political party Conservative
Occupation Politician

Lynda Chalker, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey PC (née Bates; born 29 April 1942) is a British Conservative politician who was Member of Parliament for Wallasey from 1974 to 1992. She served as Minister of State for Overseas Development at the Foreign Office, in the Conservative government from 1989 to 1997.

Baroness Chalker headed the British delegation which participated in the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development in October 1993.[1]

She was educated at Roedean (where she was head girl), Heidelberg University, the University of London and the Polytechnic of Central London, and worked as a statistician and market research manager, including a spell with Shell-Mex and BP, before entering Parliament as MP for Wallasey, Merseyside, succeeding the former Cabinet minister Ernest Marples. She held a number of government posts, including spells as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Security from 1979-82 and at the Department of Transport from 1982-83. In 1983 she became Minister of State at Transport, being appointed Minister for Europe in 1986. Chalker was granted a life peerage as Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, of Leigh-on-Sea in the County of Essex in 1992,[2] after losing her seat at the General Election of that year.

She jointly holds the 20th century record for continuous government service, along with Kenneth Clarke, Malcolm Rifkind, Tony Newton and Patrick Mayhew, as she held office for the entire duration of the Conservatives' eighteen years in power.

In February 2005, Baroness Chalker excited minor controversy by criticising Nigeria's negative media image and investment potential.

Lynda Chalker held the position of Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Corporate Responsibility and Reputation Committee for Unilever retiring in May 2007 having served three terms of three years. Lynda joined the Board of Unilever as an Advisory Director in 1998 becoming a Non-Executive Director in 2004.

Lady Chalker is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an organisation which works to promote good governance around the world[3]. Lynda Chalker is also Chairman of the Medicines for Malaria Venture,[4] a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to reducing the burden of malaria in disease endemic countries and Africa Matters Limited, an independent consultancy which provides advice and assistance to companies initiating,developing or growing their activities in Africa.[5]


  1. ^ Japan, Ministry for Foreign Affairs: 12 donor countries + EC
  2. ^ London Gazette: no. 52907, p. 7461, 29 April 1992. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.
  3. ^ Welcome to GLF Global Leadership Foundation
  4. ^ "MMV Board Members". Medicines for Malaria Venture. Retrieved 2009-05-24.  
  5. ^ "Lynda, Baroness Chalker of Wallasey". Africa Matters. Retrieved 2009-05-24.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ernest Marples
Member of Parliament for Wallasey
February 19741992
Succeeded by
Angela Eagle
Political offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Rifkind
Minister of State for Europe
Succeeded by
Francis Maude
Preceded by
Chris Patten
Minister for Overseas Development
Succeeded by
Clare Short
as Secretary of State for International Development


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