Tony Arbour

Anthony Francis Arbour JP AM (born 30 August 1945), commonly known as Tony Arbour, is a British Conservative Party politician, a member of the London Assembly representing South West London and a former Richmond councillor.

Tony Arbour

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Chair of the London Assembly
In office
6 May 2016 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byJennette Arnold
Succeeded byJennette Arnold
In office
10 May 2018 – 2 May 2019
Preceded byJennette Arnold
Succeeded byJennette Arnold
Member of the London Assembly
for South West
Assumed office
4 May 2000
Preceded byNew constituency
Personal details
Born (1945-08-30) 30 August 1945 (age 75)
Political partyConservative

He was educated at St Andrew's School and Surbiton County Grammar School before going to the then Kingston College of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He went on to get a Master of Business Administration from City University Business School.

Admitted to Gray's Inn in 1967, he became a lecturer at Kingston Business School, a position he held until his election to the London Assembly in 2000.

He was elected as a Conservative to Richmond upon Thames Borough Council in 1968 at the age of only 22 and served as a councillor until 1986, when he lost his seat, and from 1994.[1] He led the Conservative group on the Council from 1996 to 2006, serving as Leader of the Council from 2002, until the Liberal Democrats led by Serge Lourie regained control in 2006. Following the results of the 2018 local elections, he lost his seat once again.

He was a GLC councillor for Surbiton from 1983 to 1986 and was first elected to the London Assembly in 2000 with 35.4% of the ballot and a majority of 7,059 votes. He was re-elected in 2004 with a majority of 4,067, in 2008 with a majority of 26,928, in 2012 with a majority of 19,262, and in 2016 with a majority of 21,444 votes.

He was a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority and has served as a Justice of the Peace since 1974.


  1. ^ "London Elections Reports". London Datastore. Greater London Authority. Retrieved 29 May 2016.

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