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Welsh supermarket Iceland boss launches campaign to become Tory MP

19 Oct 2022 2 minute read
Iceland boss Richard Walker has launched a bid to stand for Parliament as a Conservative MP.

The boss of Welsh frozen food chain Iceland has launched a bid to stand for Parliament as a Conservative MP at the next election.

It is understood Richard Walker, whose father founded the-now Deeside-based frozen food chain in Oswestry, has been named on the Conservatives’ approved list of parliamentary candidates.

The businessman’s efforts to become an MP, which were revealed by trade publication Retail Week, come after he was awarded an OBE for services to business and the environment earlier this year.

The managing director of Iceland, who is among the most vocal figures in the retail sector, is not guaranteed to be selected to stand for a seat by the party.

Mr Walker must apply to be shortlisted for a seat and face a stringent selection process.

Earlier, this year the grocer was also appointed onto the Government’s business council, which was a body of industry leaders set up to help the Government assess its strategy for delivering growth in the economy.

He has previously criticised Government policies, including being among business leaders to call out plans to scrap the 45p tax rate for higher earners, describing it as an “odd priority” before former Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng reversed the plan.

The executive has also been a vocal campaigner for the industry on environmental issues, such as packaging and the use of palm oil in products.

Legal battle

Welsh supermarket chain Iceland has been involved a long-running legal battle with its namesake, the country of Iceland, to trademark the name.


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George Atkinson
George Atkinson
1 month ago

The POS who hired that bigot PR sh1t who slagged off our national language? Perfect for the toryscum.

Y Tywysog Lloegr a Cymru
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Cymru
1 month ago

Not the best timing has he?

Kathleen Walker
Kathleen Walker
1 month ago

Which parliamentary seat?

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
1 month ago

Give it a month or so & he could be Prime Minister!!!

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
1 month ago

What a surprise. A quisling company whose hatred for the indigenous language is well-documented. No place for this shop in the Wales of the future.

Last edited 1 month ago by Rhufawn Jones

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