Chair of Wirral’s Labour Group, Tony has represented his home ward of Bebington since 2018. His near-decade long period of Labour Party membership was actually brought about by seeing his two current ward colleagues and predecessor at work in Bebington every weekend.
“They were relentless. Everybody in Bebington knew Christina, Jerry and Walter. They’d be knocking on doors, delivering leaflets, holding surgeries and handling casework. Exactly what residents would want from their local councillors.”
Tony is, of course, referring to Councillors Christina Muspratt, Jerry Williams and the late Walter Smith. He continues to serve alongside Christina and Jerry, trying to keep up with their tireless work ethic and dedication to the ward.
Born and raised in a very ‘working class’ environment, Tony describes himself as one of ‘Thatcher’s children,’ where social issues affected many of our residents each and every day.
He began working on building sites from an early age, often seeing how bogus unemployment and poverty wages can bring out some of the very best and worst in society. Some of these character-building environments would form the bedrock of Tony’s politics in years to come.
In political terms, Tony’s first contributions to his party were at Branch level, turning up at monthly meetings whenever his working hours permitted. Within a year he was door knocking and leafleting alongside Wirral South’s MP, Alison McGovern. The ability to engage with people on the doorstep was an experience he found particularly enriching and would recommend to any would-be activist in the run up to a local election campaign.
Within a couple of years, Tony was elected as Vice Chair of Bebington Branch Labour Party. He became Chair months later, a position in which he remains.
2017 saw Tony apply to join Wirral Labour’s Panel of Candidates. An interview process saw him offered a place on the panel and, later that year, he would be selected as Bebington’s Candidate for the 2018 Local Elections.
“In many ways, being selected by the people at the Branch was a better feeling than winning the election! Having the support of those in our Branch meant a huge amount to me.”
Tony would bring in an impressive 2,660 votes at the first time of asking. Since then, he has become a respected and well-liked member of the Labour Group and a fine representative of the people of Bebington.
“If you can be visible, contactable, answer queries and work hard in your ward then you’ll do ok.” By the sounds of it, Tony is learning from the very best!
When he isn’t being Councillor Tony Cottier, Tony continues to work in the construction industry as a Contracts Manager. He is a dedicated family man and enjoys watching Liverpool FC, fishing and music.
You can contact Councillor Tony Cottier by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0797 181 6596