Posts Tagged ‘Tony Arbour’

Thank goodness for Boris (and Tony)

May 5, 2012

I spent yesterday afternoon at the Olympia where the counting took place for the London Southwest constituency.  Really pleased to see my good friend, Tony Arbour, returned to represent us at the London Assembly.  I have learnt a lot from him and hugely admire what he does so really pleased for him and his wife Caroline.

I do not think I am saying anything controversial when I say that we would have lost the Mayoralty had our candidate not been Boris.  Having been out and about with him in Feltham and Hounslow West in the past, there really are very few like him.  Politicians cross the road to meet the people whereas people cross the road to meet Boris!

Sorry to see Richard Barnes lose his seat in Ealing & Hillingdon.  A very nice man!

Elsewhere a friend of mine lost his seat by 7 votes.  I have not had the chance to chat with him yet but I can imagine that he will be shattered by the result and inevitably he will ask himself whether an extra 30 minutes canvassing or an extra something else would have made the difference.  A pretty unique experience!

Politics is a tough game.  Most go into it for the right reasons.  Having experienced winning and losing, I appreciate how so many candidates will be feeling.

I have already heard people calling for a change in direction from the Government.  I remain as supportive of the principle of deficit reduction as I always have done.  It is the right thing to do and there is no alternative.

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Feltham & Heston Conservative Association AGM

February 13, 2010

I attended the AGM yesterday evening.  As with any other AGM, there was a need to go through Accounts and get reports from certain Officers of the Association such as the Chairman, Tony Viney.  Towards the end of the agenda, Tony Arbour and I gave short speeches.  The mood was very positive and everyone is proud of how far we have campaign as a fighting force and in terms of the extent to which we have turned around the Council for the better.  It is always a pleasure to have Tony Gurrin (President) chair the AGM – I gave him a mention yesterday.

Here is me giving my speech:

(LtoR:  John Davies, Tony Gurrin, Mark Bowen, Liz Mammatt)

I am blocking Tony Viney who was in the front.

It was brilliant to have Patrick Ground and Matthew Carrington.  The former needs no introduction and the latter was the MP for Fulham between 1987 & 1997.  Since then he has been one of the most active volunteers for the party in London – lots of people have huge time for him.  The type of guy who gives brilliant advice even when you meet him for the first time.

Some more pictures:

(Mark Bowen & Tony Gurrin)

(Matthew Carrington & Mark Bowen)

(Mark Bowen & Tony Viney)

Annoyingly, I deleted some pictures, including ones with Patrick Ground & John Davies (my rock Agent).

Michael Howard MP

January 29, 2010

Yesterday was an evening that I will remember for a long time as Michael Howard came along as a Guest Speaker to a Feltham and Heston Conservative Association event.  He spoke brilliantly and took the time to meet everyone who was present.

Here are a few pictures:

(LtoR: Paul Bedi, Mark Bowen, Michael Howard)

Michael Howard and Mark Bowen

Michael Howard and Mark Bowen

(LtoR: Gurcharan Singh (Ealing Southall Parliamentary Candidate), Michael Howard, Mark Bowen)

(LtoR: Tony Viney, Mark Bowen, Michael Howard, Caroline Arbour, Tony Arbour, Michael Rock (National CF chairman)

(LtoR: Mark Bowen and Michael Howard)

(LtoR: Tony Viney, Mark Bowen, Michael Howard, Caroline Arbour, Tony Arbour, Michael Rock)

Phew!

September 6, 2008

I managed to catch half of the second half of the big game (was at a surgery with Tony Arbour for the first half).  Only just.  Big game against Russia on Wednesday.

Great day for the Conservatives

May 3, 2008

I have just returned from spending the day at Kensington Olympia, where the count [electronic] took place.  It sure was a long day but worth it to see Tony Arbour returned with a majority of almost 27,000 over the Liberal Democrats.  And, we now have Boris as our Mayor!

It always disappoints me when people are not gracious in defeat.  Tony’s opponents, especially the Lib-Dems, should have congratulated him and applauded when he spoke!  Really pleased for Tony because he is genuinely an excellent local representative whom I admire!