Mike Tuffrey

Mike Tuffrey
Mike Tuffrey
Member of the London Assembly
for the Liberal Democrats (London-wide)
Assumed office
18 February 2002
Preceded by Louise Bloom
Personal details
Born 30 September 1959 (1959-09-30) (age 52)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrats
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael William Tuffrey is a Liberal Democrat politician and member of the London Assembly.[1] He took his seat on 18 February 2002 replacing Louise Bloom who had resigned.[2] He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 leading the Liberal Democrat group and chairing various London Assembly committees. He is a member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority first appointed in 2002 and serving as leader of the Liberal Democrat Group 2006 to 2008.[3] Tuffrey was appointed to the London Sustainable Development Commission in 2004 and reappointed by Boris Johnson for a second term in 2008.[4]

Tuffrey was narrowly beaten by former Metropolitan Police officer Brian Paddick in standing for nomination as the Liberal Democrats' candidate for Mayor of London in 2012.[5]



Michael Tuffrey was born in Orpington and grew up in Bromley. He was educated at Douai School, an independent Catholic school in Woolhampton. He then studied Economics at Durham University. He moved to Brixton where he got his first job as an accountant and started his political life as a member of the Greater London Council (1985-6) and was a councillor of the London Borough of Lambeth from 1990 to 2002. He led Lambeth Council between 1994 and 1998.[6]

Tuffrey was Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly group from May 2006 until May 2010. He is a member of the Assembly's Environment, Planning and Housing, and Audit Committees and is Deputy Chair of the Budget and Performance Management Committee.[7] The Evening Standard named Tuffrey as one of the thousand most influential Londoners for his work on the environment.[8]

Tuffrey is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and has worked as a finance director for a national charity before starting up a consultancy business, Corporate Citizenship.[9]

Tuffrey is married and has three children. He lives with his family in Clapham, London. He is a parishoner of St Mary's Catholic Church, Clapham.[10]

London Mayoral campaign

Mike Tuffrey launches his campaign to become London Mayor with Susan Kramer and his team of London Liberal Democrats campaigners at City Hall

On 15 June 2011, Tuffrey launched his bid to become the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London in the 2012 election.[11] Running against Lembit Öpik, Tuffrey is "widely tipped to become the Liberal Democrats' candidate".[12] He emerged after nominations were reopened as the "anyone-but-Lembit" candidate, with Öpik's detractors claiming that he lacked gravitas and his supporters claiming only he had a sufficiently high profile.[13]



  • Who's Who 2008, (A. & C. Black, 2007)

External links

  • Mike Tuffrey official mayoral candidacy site
  • Mike Tuffrey Liberal Democrat Voice members survey on London Mayoral Candidates
  • Mike Tuffrey news about Mayor of London campaign
  • Mike Tuffrey official London Assembly Group site
  • Mike Tuffrey biography from the London Assembly
  • Mike Tuffrey profile at the site of London Liberal Democrats
  • [2] a detailed biography and information about his career, education and religion

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