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Anthony Francis Arbour (born 30 August 1945) is a Conservative Party politician. He is a long serving member of Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council and has been the Chair of the London Assembly since May 2016.

Educated at Kingston College of Technology and City University, he also studied law at Gray's Inn. He became a lecturer at Kingston Business School, a post he held until 2000.

Richmond upon Thames Council[]

In 1968 he was elected to Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council as one of three councillors representing Ham / Petersham Ward. At the 1971 London Borough elections Arbour was one of three councillors elected for Hampton Wick Ward: the move was fortuitious as his previous ward fell to the Labour Party. He was re-elected in 1974, 1978 and 1982. In 1986 he lost his seat when the ward was won by the Liberal Party-Social Democratic Party Alliance who won control of the council, winning all but three of the 52 seats. At the next election in 1990 he failed to regain the seat at Hampton Wick as Richmond Council was held by the renamed Liberal Democrats.

In 1994 he regained one of the seats at Hampton Wick, the other two being held by the Liberal Democrats. In 1996 he became leader of the Conservative Party opposition group.

He held his seat in 1998 and in 2002 the Conservatives regained control of the council and Arbour became leader of the council. Although the Liberal Democrats regained a majority in 2006, Arbour held his seat. The Conservatives regained control of Richmond in 2010 and Arbour topped the poll in his ward in both 2010 and 2014.

Greater London Council[]

On 15 September 1983 a by-election to the Greater London Council was held due to the resignation of Geoffrey Seaton, councillor for Surbiton. Arbour was elected and held the seat until the GLC's abolition on 31 March 1986.

London Assembly[]

At the first election to the London Assembly in 2000 he was elected Member for the South West Constituency. The constituency comprise three London Boroughs including Richmond, and he has been re-elected four times.

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