There have been some very fulsome tributes to David Walter here, here and here (and no doubt elsewhere). I would not pretend to have known the man well enough to pay tribute to him in any qualitative form. But I would just say that I approached him at a Lib Dem conference while he was still an ITN journalist, to excitedly tell him that I shared a surname with him. It’s not often we Walters meet another Walter without the “s” which is, more often than not, appended to the end of our surname (it happens to other surnames which are, or sound like, forenames also, apparently. Ask anyone called “Roger” or “Rodger”).I didn’t have time to enquire as to whether he was one of the Bradworthy Walters (like me) or the, much more elevated, Bearwood Walters.
He was very charming about my approach, but, I must admit, he looked ever-so-slightly bemused.
Anyway, a great liberal, a great journalist and a man who very valiantly tried to hold the seat which has gone in and out of the Liberal/Lib Dem party – namely West Devon/Torridge. After a famous by-election win celebrated in august circles of the party (there is apparently a recently restored stained glass window depicting it in St Asquith’s), it was once held by the none other than Mark Bonham-Carter, grandson of Asquith.