Executive Committee Member
52 Danson Way
Originally an Oxfordshire man, Tony's first venture into the Medway Towns was in 1968 when as a young lance corporal serving in the Corps of Royal Engineers, he was stationed at 1RSME Brompton for 6 months on a carpenter's course.
It wasn't until 1984 that he returned to settle down here, in Rainham, working as a financial adviser with the Tunbridge Wells Equitable Friendly Society.
Journey to the Liberal Democrats
Tony first joined the Liberal party in 1978, when the party put its neck on the line in what it considered to be the best interest of the country at the time by forming the 'LibLab' pact. The country had gone to the IMF with cap in hand to secure a massive national loan, for we were deeply in debt and about to crash. The Tories were screaming for a General Election, but put simply, the country could not then afford it. The thought that the Liberals were prepared to forego their own future existence as a viable party in the very best interests of the nation first and foremost was, to him, a party worth taking a serious look at, and he is so glad that he did, having been a supporter of the party ever since. Having looked at his original reasons for joining the party, Tony had no qualms about going into coalition in 2010 and he is immensely proud of what the LibDems achieved for the nation during that shared tenure of office.
Tony became 'reactivated' as an activist in 2010 and stood for election in Watling ward alongside Diana Smith and just missed being elected by less than 30 votes. He stood again in Gillingham South in 2015 and
suffered defeat as the electorate failed to recognise the immense good the LibDems had done nationwide.
Positions held in Medway Liberal Democrats
Tony served for three years as the Chairman of Medway LibDems and has held various other roles within the executive. Taking a step back this year, Tony has decided to become an Ordinary Exec' Member whilst
remaining the telephone conduit through which public enquiries will come. He has also been invited by the Kent Messenger group to be the voice of the LibDems in the resurrection of their People's Politics column.
On local issues, Tony's particular interests revolve around housing in all its aspects and he is a very strong advocate of building a new fit for purpose hospital on the site of Rochester Airport.