Tony was selected by local Conservative Party members at St Colomba’s Church, Pont Street, Chelsea on September 14th 2015, as Kit Malthouse’s successor as GLA candidate for the May 2016 Mayor and London Assembly elections. Tony was elected to the GLA in 2016. Kit was re-elected MP for Hampshire North West in December 2019.
Tony has represented Knightsbridge and Belgravia on Westminster City Council since May 2006. Currently he is Senior Planning Chairman on the Council and Chairman of the Westco, the trading arm of the City Council. Previously he was Cabinet Member for Public Health in the year the service was tupe’d from the NHS to Council control and he chaired the Worksmart efficiency task-force which commenced the ‘More4Less’ philosophy now standard across the better parts of the public sector.
The West Central Constituency (what a mouthful) contains no fewer than five parliamentary constituencies and three London Boroughs : Hammersmith and Fulham, RBKC and the City of Westminster. The GLA works with and holds the London Mayor to account with powers which include transport, the police and strategic planning.
Tony has strong roots within both Westminster and the Royal Borough and many friends too in H&F. He was an active Young Conservative in Chelsea in the 1980s, attending campaigning and social events at the old 1a Chelsea Manor Street HQ. As well as knocking on doors across central London, as a Party volunteer he has organised and co-chaired Conservative Party fundraising dinners with speakers as diverse as John Redwood, the late Brian Walden and Lord (Zac) Goldsmith.
Tony’s council ward shares both a physical border with RBKC and similar issues to much of West Central (over-development , transport and low level nuisance) he has a track record over the last 15 years of successfully delivering results working with councillors, council officers and of course local people.
Outside politics, Tony has a long career in infrastructure - property and formerly one of the youngest General Managers overseas in the Middle and Far East for Rolls-Royce (power generation). He is now self-employed allowing him the flexibility to represent local people.