Walter Perkins (politician)

Sir Walter Robert Dempster Perkins, also known as Robert Perkins,[1] (3 June 1903 – 8 December 1988)[2] was a Conservative Party politician in England.

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Stroud in Gloucestershire at a by-election in May 1931, following the resignation of the Conservative MP Sir Frank Nelson. He was re-elected at the general election in October 1931 and again in 1935.[3]

However, he was defeated at the 1945 general election by the Labour Party candidate, Ben Parkin. At the 1950 general election he and Parkin both contested the new Stroud and Thornbury constituency, and Perkins took the seat with a majority of only 28 votes.[4] The two men fought the seat again in 1951, when Perkins held the seat with a more comfortable majority of 1,582.[5]

Perkins retired from the House of Commons at the 1955 general election, having been knighted in February 1954.[6]


  1. Chas Townley (16 December 2007). "Walter Robert Dempster Perkins". Stroud History Website. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  2. "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  3. Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 361. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  4. "UK General Election results February 1950". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  5. "UK General Election results October 1951". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
  6. "Issue 40105". London Gazette. 19 February 1954. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-04-22.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frank Nelson
Member of Parliament for Stroud
Succeeded by
Ben Parkin
New constituency Member of Parliament for Stroud & Thornbury
Constituency abolished

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