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Name: Brian Walden  
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Date of Birth: 8th July 1932
Place of Birth: West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, UK
Profession: Actor
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Brian Walden (born July 8, 1932) was a Labour Member of Parliament and is now a journalist and broadcaster.

Brian Walden won a major open scholarship to study at Queen's College, Oxford and in 1957 was elected President of the Oxford Union. He completed a postgraduate course at Nuffield College, Oxford, before becoming a University Lecturer.

In 1964, Walden was elected Member of Parliament for Birmingham All Saints, later Birmingham Ladywood, in an election where race dominated the Birmingham campaign (see Patrick Gordon Walker). He was re-elected in the subsequent General Elections of 1966, 1970 and 1974 (February and October). He was a campaigner for the liberalisation of the cannabis and gambling laws, even named by some as "the bookies' MP" when he was revealed to be receiving more from the National Association of Bookmakers than his parliamentary salary.

On 16 June 1977, Brian Walden became Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, resigning the House of Commons to become a journalist and broadcaster. He has presented various television programmes such as 'Weekend World', 'The Walden Interview' and 'Walden' and was a member of the board of Central Television between 1981 and 1984.

Walden is considered one of the finest political interviewers in British broadcasting, tenacious and ruthless. He was well-known for his one to one interviews of major politicians, especially Margaret Thatcher. He was said to be her favorite interviewer, alhough he would give her a tough ride, and she revealed in her autobiography that Walden had been a speechwriter for her.

In November 1989, Thatcher gave Walden a famous interview when her own Party was turning against her. He did not let up on her:

Brian Walden: "You come over as being someone who one of your backbenchers said is slightly off her trolley, authoritarian, domineering, refusing to listen to anybody else - why? Why cannot you publicly project what you have just told me is your private character?"
Margaret Thatcher: "Brian, if anyone’s coming over as domineering in this interview, it’s you. It’s you."

Brian Walden continues to broadcast. In March 2005, he began presenting a ten minute programme on Fridays, called A Point of View, on Radio 4, in a spot formerly occupied by Alistair Cooke's Letter From America.

He lives in Guernsey and recently has campaigned against a ban on fox-hunting, still displaying his libertarian instincts.

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