Socialist, Trade Unionist, Party activist and community representative. All of these descriptions fit perfectly when talking about Councillor Tony Norbury, who is currently serving his third term in Prenton ward having first been elected back in 2012.
Tony’s politics began at 21 with Vauxhall Motors. As a shop steward for Unite Tony worked alongside prominent Labour figures such as Tony Woodley and Mick Whitley. It is here where Tony first became familiar with Union activity, organising and campaigning.
Before long, Tony would become active in the Labour Party. The 1987 General Election served as a real watershed moment for Tony within the party.
“I spent most of my time there campaigning for Lol Duffy in Wallasey. It was an incredible campaign where we chased a near-7000 Conservative majority held by Lynda Chalker. We were focused, organised and enthusiastic. Unfortunately, the Tories held the seat but the majority came down to under 300. It paved the way for Labour to win the seat 5 years later.” This was later matched by the fab Margaret Greenwood campaigns in 2015,17 and 19
If the 1987 Election was what inspired Tony to become more involved in the Party, the following decades would help to shape his own politics. A career change saw Tony become a taxi driver in Birkenhead, Tony’s inability to sit on his hands meant as a union learning rep he organising a series of training courses for fellow drivers across the city region These courses were eventually picked up by Merseytravel and Unite and commissioned across the Liverpool City Region.
By 2010, Tony joined Wirral’s list of candidates to stand for Council. His first foray into his own election campaign was in 2011 in West Kirby. Standing in a safe Tory seat was always going to be difficult, but a really positive campaign and a surge in Labour votes laid the foundations for Tony to stand in Prenton the following year and win the seat with over 60% of the vote joining 6 other gains for Labour that year at the Town Hall enabling Labour to have majority control on Wirral council
Since then, Tony has remained a loyal and committed advocate of socialist Labour Party policies and values, encouraging the many members who joined the party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn to take part in the democratic processes of branch and constituency meetings enabling them to select the leaders and representatives of their choice
Tony remains well-known across the ward in which he serves, always finding time to chat to residents and listen to their concerns. An ever-present in supporting Trade Union causes and campaigns, such as the Cammell Laird strike, RMT’s campaign to Keep the Guard on the Train and the Fire Brigades Union campaign to keep night time cover, you could never accuse Councillor Norbury of standing still!
Away from politics, Tony is a keen Liverpool FC supporter and a dad of 6. He is regularly seen taking part in community initiatives, such as doing daily shopping for residents that are unable to leave their homes.
You can contact Councillor Tony Norbury by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter – @tonynorbury2