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Julian Tisi

Parliamentary Candidate for Windsor Constituency

Occupation

Chartered Accountant & Finance Manager for Centrica.

Education

University of Reading, BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations; Associate of Institutue of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, A.C.A.

Biography

Julian Tisi lives in Windsor

Julian Tisi lives and works in Windsor as part of our community. If elected he won't be buying a second home in London, he will continue to live here and commute.

Julian lives and works in the heart of Windsor having taken up employment in the town in 2002. He is currently a finance manager for Centrica plc.

He trained as a Chartered Accountant at a small practice in Essex and has also worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Guernsey and Barbados.

Originally from Essex, Julian is the son of a knife-grinder and comes from a large Italian family.

"I have been very lucky in having come from a close and stable family. They have given me a good grounding in life. I know not everyone is so fortunate and from an early age I have learned not to take anything for granted."

At University, Julian studied Politics and also became Chair of the Debating Society. His conversion to the liberal cause was already in evidence as a founder member of the "Earth Action Group" which encouraged recycling and other environmental action within the University.

"I always saw politics as vitally important and this is one of the reasons I was so interested in it. But at the time I didn't see myself going into it."

After University, Julian pursued his career but also a number of voluntary and charitable activities in his spare time. This included choirmaster of a childrens' choir, and one year as national coordinator for a Christian walking pilgrimage.

"My decision to get involved in politics was a very sudden one. I had previously been good friends with someone who stood as a parliamentary candidate (for another party!) and this de-mystified the whole thing."

"Then Iraq came along and I could not believe how Labour, ably supported by the Conservatives, had led us to war on false pretences. I was watching a debate on TV and had a Damascene conversion. Something inside me flipped and I became so angry that I joined the party straight away and the very next morning I turned up to help."

"I chose the Liberal Democrats because aside from their principled stand against the war they have always sung a different tune in British politics - they have refused to jump on populist bandwagons but have instead stood up for the environment, for civil liberties and as the only party wanting genuine change to our outdated and unfair political system."

"Since then I have become increasingly involved as a local activist. My proudest moment was possibly our victory over the local Conservative council when we forced them to abandon their plan to build a multi-storey car park at Alexandra Gardens, one of the most picturesque spots in Windsor. I think they were quite taken aback at the level of public support we managed to muster."

"The reason I am standing now is that I believe Windsor deserves an MP willing to work hard and stand up for the people who elect them. As I learnt at an early age you should never take anything for granted. As MP you are entrusted by the electors and this trust should not be taken for granted."

Julian is currently Chair of Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform.

In his free time, Julian enjoys choral singing, cycling, and relaxing with family and friends.

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Page date March 2010