George Walden was born in September 1939. He was educated at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith, London, and attended Jesus College, Cambridge.
He worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1962 and 1983 until he was elected as a Conservative MP for Buckingham in 1983. He served as Minister for Higher Education between 1985 and 1987.
He retired from parliament in 1997, going on to publish his memoir Lucky George in 1999. His other books include Time to Emigrate, New Elites: A Career in the Masses, Who is a Dandy and God won't save America.