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Tony Greaves was born in Bradford in 1942 and lived there until he was eleven when the family moved to Wakefield where he attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. He took a degree in geography at Hertford College, Oxford and later attended Manchester University. He joined the Liberal Party in 1961.
Tony went on to become Chairman of the Union of Liberal Students and then the National League of Young Liberals during the so-called Red Guard YL boom years in the later 1960s. At the end of the decade he was one of the developers and promoters of community politics. He moved the key Young Liberal community politics amendment at the Liberal Assembly in 1970 which was to prove crucial to the party’s survival during the 1970s and later.
Tony and his wife Heather met in Young Liberal HQ in London and in 1968 married and moved to live in the Pendle area in the Lancashire Pennines. They now have two grown-up daughters, Victoria and Helen. Tony taught geography at Colne Grammar School and Nelson and Colne College for a time; he was a local Councillor on Colne and then Pendle Borough Councils over most of the last three decades of the 20th century, with a spell as Council Leader at Pendle. He has again sat on Pendle Council since 2004 (and is currently Deputy Leader). He was a leading Liberal member of Lancashire County Council for about a quarter of a century and the Liberal group leader for a time.
In the ten years to the middle 1980s Tony ran the Association of Liberal Councillors (ALC) from its geographically central HQ at Hebden Bridge in the West Yorkshire Pennines. During that time the organisation grew from a small desk and phone in a Sunday school classroom to a successful national network and resource centre promoting and supporting a massive growth in local Liberal campaigning and numbers of Councillors (from 700 to 2600 and a later peak of twice that number).
Tony then ran the Liberal Party’s publications company, also from Hebden Bridge, and for some years in the 1980s wrote a weekly column in the Liberal News. He took some time out helping the Liberal Democrats win the Ribble Valley by-election before “retiring” to develop a “hobby business” dealing in out-of-print political books, pamphlets and memorabilia, specialising in elections and “everything Liberal”.
He was made a Liberal Democrat life peer in the list of “working peers” in the spring of 2000 and adopted the territorial designation of Pendle, the famous Lancashire Pennine hill that overlooks much of the former mill towns and moors that make up the Pendle Borough itself.
In the Lords he picked up many of the interests and causes he had gathered over a lifetime in Liberal politics, such as immigration and asylum seekers, outdoor activities, elections, local government and democracy, environmental matters of all kinds and railways. He was one of the first people to raise the abuses of postal voting and served several spells as the Liberal Democrat Lords spokesperson on the environment and rural affairs.
In the Lords he has a reputation as a persistent scrutiniser of legislation and questioner of government, and remains an active campaigner for a wide range of liberal causes. He remains what he has always been – “a critical but loyal party person, doing my best for the party and for Liberalism” and has been one of the more independent minded coalition backbenchers, for example voting against the Health and Social Care Bill at both Second and Third Readings. He fervently believes the Lords should be democratically elected.
Tony is a lifelong hill-walker and climber, and a recreational cyclist, and usually spends several weeks in the summer in the French Pyrenees. He is an active supporter of Bradford (Park Avenue) football club which currently plays in the Conference (North).
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