Charles Patrick Wall was born in Liverpool in 1933. He was active in local left-wing politics from a young age, and was appointed Secretary of Garston Constituency Labour Party in 1950. During the 1950s and 1960s, he was involved with the production of a series of socialist journals, including 'Socialist Fight' and the Walton Labour Youth League paper 'Rally', and helped to launch the paper 'Militant' in 1964. In 1983 Wall was selected as the Labour candidate for Bradford North constituency but, after being denounced by the Party leader Michael Foot, lost to the Conservative candidate. Wall was reselected for the Ward in 1987 and won the seat. He served as an MP until his death in 1990.