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Tony Egginton : biography

1951 -

Tony Egginton (born 1951) is the directly elected Mayor of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England. He was elected to the position on 17 October 2002, beating Labour's Lorna Carter by 588 votes, ending 30 years of Labour control

He was re-elected in 2007 and again 2011.

He had previously been a newsagent.. BBC News (2002-10-18)

Personal background

Little is publicly known of Tony Egginton's professional CV. Born in 1951, after attending Mansfield's Sherwood Hall Technical Grammar School he was employed circa 1970 at Blackwell Rural District Council (offices located in Mansfield). He also worked as an apprentice at Metal Box Limited in Mansfield.

In a 2012 BBC Radio Nottingham interview with presenter John Holmes, Egginton stated he was employed at the old Mansfield Borough Council during the building of the Four Seasons shopping centre (land clearance started circa 1973).. Our Mansfield and Area. Retrieved on 2012-12-31.

Mansfield Borough became a District Council 1 April 1974, merging with the two nearby smaller Urban District authorities of Mansfield Woodhouse and Warsop.

In 2002 Jacksons Stores established a new convenience store opposite the newsagents. A planning application submitted by Egginton for change of use (newsagents shop to offices) was approved in January 2004

The two businesses co-existed until the 2004 takeover of Jacksons by Sainsbury's (rebranded as Sainsbury's at Jacksons). Sainsbury's stock lines included newspapers and magazines, and Egginton News closed, transferring some staff to Jacksons and the delivery service account to another newsagency over a mile away

The (former shop) premises were thereafter used by a company providing waste management solutions and internet sales of industrial tools, equipment and protective clothing

On 31 March 2008 Egginton briefly became the non-executive chairman of Mansfield Town F.C. following James Derry's departure.

Creation of Independent Forum

Following Egginton's successful election to Mayor, Rickersey then recruited many ward councillor-candidates to challenge Labour's traditional domination at the May 2003 local elections, winning control with 25 mostly 'new' (inexperienced) ward members.

Ultimately these banded together as Mansfield Independent Forum – although still remaining 'Independent' of one another and a non-political party. Egginton formed his Cabinet mostly of MIF members including Rickersey as Portfolio Holder for Corporate Issues

Within a year Rickersey was infamously sacked by Egginton. (2004-03-30). Retrieved on 2012-12-31. Rickersey continued as a ward councillor, later masterminding Egginton's 2007 re-election success when beating Labour's Alan Meale, who was also the town's sitting MP.

Rickersey was also re-elected to his Lindhurst ward, resigning four months later in August 2007

Election to Mayor

Egginton was the first elected Executive Mayor in a new position created after a public referendum following a campaign by Mansfield businessman Stewart Rickersey, who in 2001 mounted a challenge to the local administration after Mansfield District Council indicated it's preference for a Leader and Cabinet system after a low-profile consultation which Rickersey deemed to be "flawed"

Mansfield District Council had suggested a preference of a Leader of the Council (chosen from within the majority political party – Labour) and a Chief Executive Officer.

At 2002 referendum the electorate voted 8,973 in favour (with 7,350 against, 21% turnout) of a change to a system of directly elected Mayor with Executive powers (instead of a Leader) and a Managing Director (instead of a CEO)

Rickersey then mounted a high-profile campaign entitled Independent Mayor4Mansfield, revealing his nominee Tony Egginton's identity following initial confidentiality during the referendum stages.

Ward boundary changes

In his 2007 re-election manifesto, Egginton unilaterally decided to reduce the number of ward councillors from 46 to 36 by applying to the Boundary Commission to re-structure ward layout and boundaries

This major change for the Mansfield electoral area was approved for the 2011 local elections with 36 single-member wards being created from the previous 19 wards (two of which were in the Parliamentary constituency of Bassetlaw until 2010). Re-aligning the wards by considering geographical area and housing density reflected a more-even number of voters per ward.

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