‘I have never been afraid to stand up and speak out for local people and would welcome the opportunity to do so again.’ Phil Sawford
Phil Sawford

A voice for Desborough

Phil has lived in Desborough for 50 years with his wife Rosemary. He has served as a Town Councillor for 23 years (1977 to 1997 & 2018 to 2021) and also a Borough Councillor for 17 years (Leader of the Borough Council from 1991 to 1997). With a background of working hard for the local community Phil went on to serve as the Member of Parliament for the Kettering Constituency from 1997 to 2005. Phil says –

‘I have never been afraid to stand up and speak out for local people and would welcome the opportunity to do so again. If elected to the North Northants Council I will make every effort to attend meetings of the Desborough Town Council whenever possible.I also undertake to attend meetings in other parishes from time to time if invited or required.’

The changes in the structure of local government have been forced upon us by the fiscal incompetence of the Conservatives and the new structure, of itself, does not resolve the financial problems that the Unitary Council may well inherit. Neither will it resolve the problems that we have experienced in children’s services and adult social care.

There will be much talk of ‘economies of scale’ and ‘savings’ but this has not proved to be the case in other parts of the country that have changed to a ‘Unitary’ structure. I believe that it is important for local people to elect representatives who will work hard on their behalf and also keep a close eye on the finances.

A voice for the villages

‘I have represented all of the villages before during my years in Parliament and local residents will know that I was always available and held regular advice surgeries in rural areas’

It was during my time as the Leader of Kettering Borough Council that we launched the ‘Talking to the Parishes’ initiative and two years later we went on the road again with ‘Listening to the Parishes’. This evolved with the formation of the ‘Rural Forum’ which has provided a vehicle for rural areas to make sure that their voice are heard. If elected, I will press for a similar forum to make sure that the rural areas have a platform within the new Unitary Council structure’.

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