Tony and his family have lived and worked in Nottingham South for nearly 40 years. After obtaining his degree in Food Technology, he was a manager at Unilever before coming to work at Boots in 1978 with his wife and two young children, who now have their own families.
As an active Liberal Democrat, Tony has always been very involved in the local community. He was Chair of the local pre-school playgroup and a governor at Fernwood School as well as standing as a candidate in local elections.
He took early retirement from Boots in 2004 and was elected to the City council in 2005 and stood as the parliamentary candidate for Nottingham South in the same year.
In 2006 he chaired a cross-party Overview and Scrutiny Council Committee on “Serving the Adult Community” and was the only opposition member of the council in a Chair role. However, following elections in 2007, the majority Labour group took all the Chair positions on scrutiny committees.
Tony was the Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition group on the Council and the spokesperson holding the Labour party to account at the Executive Board.
Following the bankruptcy and eviction of a pensioner with dementia by the Council, Tony campaigned to change the City policies on debt collection.
Tony challenged the Executive Board and spoke at Public Meetings to support a campaign to save Victoria Leisure Centre from closure. A delay was agreed whilst a solution was agreed with local residents.
He successfully challenged the Labour Group to provide funding to install disability aids and adaptations in less than then average time of nine months.
Tony is determined that Nottingham will become a great City.