04:30AM, Friday 11 April 2014
Former Furze Platt Senior School headteacher Tony Hill was unanimously elected to stand against Theresa May MP for the second time by the Maidenhead Liberal Democrats on Saturday, March 29, at Twyford District Youth & Community Centre.
The 69-year-old feels the political landscape has changed since he stood in 2010 and has put school places, housing and care of the vulnerable at the top of his hit list.
The Marlow Bottom villager has been involved in the party since he was a teenager and built a career in education, with spells as headteacher at both Furze Platt and The Westgate School in Slough.
After retiring, he said the Iraq war spurred him on to return to politics as he could not just stand back and watch things that 'horrified and disgusted' him.
Ahead of next year's general election, Mr Hill said he felt privileged to take on the role.
"The council election campaign will give us all the chance to look at the work of a one party council, and sad results," he said.
"Locally, I do think that we as Liberal Democrats have got to do things to punch into the debate about housing.
"We need houses for young people. There is nothing much being done at the moment, there isn't the urgency.
"We have spent so much time waiting to build houses that we could almost feel that people don't want them.
"If you have got children or grandchildren, you know that is not true."
He added that he is determined to ensure the allocation of school places are managed properly and would do more to protect vulnerable children and the elderly.
The prospective candidate also responded to the Labour party's Charles Smith, who said a 'great outcome' would be to show that Labour are the opposition, by stating that role 'undoubtedly' belongs to the Liberal Democrats.
"We are far and away the opposition in terms of votes gained in a general election," he said.
"A vote for labour actually takes away the opposition.
"There is no sense at the moment of labour councillors being voted in."
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