Joan Walley was first elected to the House of Commons in 1987 and is MP for Stoke-on-Trent North. Her policy interests include the environment, public health and small businesses, and she is currently Chair of the Select Committee on Environmental Audit and a member of the Liaison Select Committee. She was last on the Labour frontbench in 1995 as Opposition Spokesperson for Transport. Prior to gaining this role in 1990, she was Spokesperson for Environmental Protection and Development, a role she gained after just a year in the Commons.
Before entering Parliament, Walley was a member of Lambeth Council, where she chaired the social services committee (1982-85). Prior to this, she worked in the planning departments of Lambeth and Swansea Councils (1974-89). Walley’s first job involved work with recovering alcoholics (1970-73). She gained this role after completing a diploma in community work at Swansea University and a degree in social administration at Hull University. Walley was born in 1949.