Philip Whalley

Philip Whalley

About Philip

I believe the very least you should expect of a local politician is honesty, integrity, hard work and common sense.

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I was raised in Southport on the Lancashire coast before graduating from the University of Sheffield and then joining the Royal Navy in 1973. Highlights of my naval service included circumnavigating the world, eight years with the Royal Marines and working in central government in London. It also had the added bonus of bringing me and my young family to Corsham in 1981 to serve at HMS Royal Arthur. We fell in love with the town and its people, bought a house and have stayed ever since. After leaving the Navy in 1993 I taught History and Politics at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham and more recently have also been Secretary of the Association Teachers and Lecturers in Wiltshire. I am married to Jane and we have two daughters: Alex, a lawyer in London, and Katie who teaches in Trowbridge.

Interests and Experience

Being a former teacher, I have taken a particular interest in education and children’s issues. I have been a member of the Children’s Select Committee, Corporate Parenting Panel, the Children’s Safeguarding Panel and the Wiltshire Adoption Panel. I have also chaired task groups working to ensure that the support and services provided by Wiltshire Council to our schools and academies are efficient and effective. 

I have also been a member of the Northern Area Planning Committee, the Environment Select Committee and the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee. 

Locally I am a member of the Corsham Area Board and Chair the Corsham Area Transport Group. I am also an active member of the Town Council Neighbourhood Planning Team and the Action Group working to get a Corsham railway station. 

Further roles include being a member of the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust and as Chair of the Potley and Pockeridge Community Centre Management Committee.

Help and Advice

If you need advice do please call me on 01249 714 227 or email me at Alternatively, you may come and see me at my monthly surgery which is held in the Library in the new Springfield Campus on the first Saturday of each month between 10.30 and 11.30AM. Also you can keep in touch with the latest news by reading my article in every edition of the Corsham and Box Matters magazine which is delivered free of charge to every household. 

My Values

I believe the very least you should expect of a local politician is honesty, integrity, hard work and common-sense.

As a Conservative I accept that although change is necessary it must be both measured and justified. Corsham is a perfect example of this. It has preserved its character and heritage but also sensibly evolved in order to provide new housing, facilities and employment for its people. As a consequence it is a great place to live.

I take an old-fashioned approach to economics and believe that politicians need to remember that it’s your money they are spending and, like any family, governments can’t keep spending what they haven’t got. As any parent, sometimes we need to say, “No, we cannot afford it at present.” When we rightly spend money to support the vulnerable and elderly, and improve our schools, services and roads we must insist on value for money.

I know many of you, like me, believe that reopening the railway station is a key priority but previous campaigns have failed in large part because there is insufficient capacity on the line to accommodate a stopping service which could call at the station. Capacity will be significantly increased after 2019 when the line is electrified and I will do all in my power to ensure that this “golden opportunity” to finally achieve a station for the town is not missed.

If elected it will be my job to listen to and represent all those who live or work in the Corsham Town Ward without fear or prejudice and regardless of their political preferences.