Tony Cunningham
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Tony Cunningham was born and educated in Workington, was the first person in his family to go to University. After gaining a degree in History and Politics from Liverpool University, he trained to be a teacher.

Tony took up a teaching position in 1980 at the Mikunguni Trade School in Zanzibar, Tanzania, as part of the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) programme.

Tony’s time in Africa politicized him. Seeing poverty at first hand changed the way he looked at things. He joined the Labour Party soon after he got back. Tony then became a councillor. and from 1992 to 1994 he was the leader of my local authority in Allerdale. Tony was also the mayor of Workington from 1990 to 1991

In 1995 he wrote a report on landmines - the Cunningham Report was the very first to call for an outright ban on landmines - and in 1999 he wrote the development committee budget

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Mali: The Vital Role of Local Civil Society

(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2013 | (23:00)

One of the more cheering images to appear on the news in the last few weeks was the sight of thousands of jubilant Malians, lining the roads of Timbuktu to celebrate the end of the occupation of their city by rebels and Islamist extremists. Watching the footage of people dancing...

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Now Is the Time to Take Natural Disasters Seriously

(5) Comments | Posted 13 October 2012 | (00:00)

As I relaxed and listened to the radio this August, I was caught off guard when the presenter reported on the floods in Manila, the Filipino capital. Only a couple of months earlier I had visited the Philippines with UNICEF to witness how the country was instigating its Disaster Risk...

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Coping With Nature's Destructive Forces

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2012 | (11:24)

When flash floods hit Wales earlier this month necessitating the evacuation of more than 1,000 people, my thoughts immediately returned to the people I met last month in Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines who had also been affected by flooding. I also reflected on the floods that hit my...

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