Twickenham Liberal Democrats are proud to report that former councillor for East Twickenham and St Margarets, Mike Rowlands, was awarded at their recent Party Conference in Bournemouth the Party’s President’s Award.
The President’s Award is awarded each year to one individual who has shown outstanding commitment and service to the Liberal Democrats for whom public recognition is due. Local Liberal Democrats nominated Mike and, after much deliberation, the national party decided that Mike was to be the recipient of the award.
Mike Rowlands attended the Conference and received the award from Liberal Democrat Party President, Baroness Sal Brinton.
Mike moved to Twickenham in 1976 and quickly immersed himself in local politics and was part of the wave of community activists,who changed the way Liberals campaigned in the London Borough of Richmond. Elected as councillor for East Twickenham ward in 1978, he was one of the first Liberal councillors elected on the Twickenham side of the Borough in the post-war era, thus, laying the foundations for future local government success and later Vince Cable’s parliamentary win in 1997.
Mike was re-elected, with increased majorities, in 1982, 1986, 1990 and 1994 before retiring from the Council in 1998.
On Richmond Council, Mike gave high priority to environmental matters for which Richmond Council was recognised as a pioneer at the time. In addition to his electoral success at local level, Mike stood on two occasions as Liberal candidate for the Twickenham constituency on the old Greater London Council and on the second attempt was 1,607 votes short of victory.
Mike remains supportive of his Liberal Democrat colleagues in the area. Cllr Ben Khosa says, ”people know that the Liberal Democrats work hard on behalf of local people, but Mike has never been afraid to tell us to go that extra yard!” and new Cllr Alexander Ehmann adds: "Mike's experience and passion for his local community are there for anyone to see - not least when he is out and about delivering leaflets for the team. He has been an inspiration and we are all delighted that he has been suitably acknowledged by our Party.”