Roland John Michael Freeman (7 May 1927 - 6 May 2011) was a lobbyist, teacher and local politician who was in turn a member of the Conservative Party, the Social Democratic Party and the Labour Party.

Born in Battersea, he as the son of a surveyor and a teacher.

He trained as a teacher at the College of St Mark and St John, Chelsea from 1945-1947. He spent six years teaching in a primary school in Surrey. In 1948 he joined the Conservative Party.

In 1949 he was elected to Wandsworth Borough Council. He was the youngest councillor in London.He was briefly leader of Wandsworth Council from 1961-1962 when the Conservatives lost control.

In 1953 he entered the London School of Economics. In 1956 he graduated with a degree in economics and was president of the LSE Students Union, the first Conservative to ever hold the role. He was subsequently elected president of the National Union of Students, holding the post until 1958.

In 1959 he was appointed Director of the London Municipal Society, the first person to hold the role as a full time job. He was credited with improving the results achieved by the Conservatives in London constituencies in the general election of that year.

In 1967 he was elected to the Greater London Council as a councillor representing the Cities of London and Westminster. In 1968 he became Chairman of the Finance Committee of the GLC and of the Inner London Education Authority. He resigned from his finance post in 1969 in protest at the long unpaid hours involved. He did not defend his GLC seat in 1970.

At the October 1974 General Election he stood as Conservative candidate at Nuneaton in Warwickshire without success.

He returned to the Greater London Council at a by-election in May 1975 as councillor for Finchley. He stepped down from the GLC in 1981, deeply disillusioned with the policies pursued the Conservative group led by Horace Cutler.

He promptly joined the newly-formed Social Democratic Party. At the 1983 General Election he was the SDP's candidate at Tonbridge and Malling in Kent.

He was commissioned by the GLC to help campaign against their abolition in 1983. A composer, he compsed Elegy for the Passing of the Greater London Council to mark the council's passing. In 1990 he joined the Labour Party.

A co-founder of the LBC radio station, a governor of the LSE, a director of London Weekend Television and a member of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers.

Obituaries here [1] and here[2]