Tony visiting the IoW
Tony visiting the IoW

Why I am Standing for Election

I have not stood for public office before.   However, I have an extensive professional background, including working closely with the Police in a number of different roles and I have gained a deep understanding of many of the challenges encountered by our Police today. I have knowledge, skills, and experience that equip me to do this job well.     I have a deep commitment to make a positive difference to the  lives of people in Hampshire and the IOW.

About Me

I grew up in a village on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border near Romsey and attended my local village primary school and Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School in Salisbury.  I have lived all my adult life in Hampshire.  I married Carol in 1981.  We have one son Matt, who is a Southampton City Councillor and University Lecturer.

I am a very resilient person and I do not give up in the face of adversity.

Having had a varied, and sometimes challenging career, I believe that I have the knowledge, skills, and experience required for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner.  As a passionate member of the Labour movement, I have the desire to give myself fully to serving both our Police Force and our community.

My Interests

I am a passionate sportsman and have played Rugby and Cricket at local club level for many years.

 

I also enjoy cycling, hiking, and mountain climbing, including, in 2009, reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro and raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.

At the summit of Kilimanjaro

At the summit of Kilimanjaro

I am strongly committed to the environmental. I am a member of the Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust, the Hampshire Ornithological Society and serve on the Committee of the Friends of Riverside Park in Southampton.

 

I carry out a number of voluntary roles, including mentoring for Southampton Solent University, driving for the Southampton food bank. I am an active member of my local Church.

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