Falklands veteran to be Conservative candidate in Corby Council by-election

Phil Ewers, chosen by the Conservatives to stand for the Kingswood ward in the forthcoming Corby Council by-election
Phil Ewers, chosen by the Conservatives to stand for the Kingswood ward in the forthcoming Corby Council by-election

A Royal Navy veteran who served in the Falklands war is to stand as the Conservative candidate in the election for a vacant seat on Corby Council following the resignation of Maureen Forshaw.

Mrs Forshaw resigned due to health problems after serving on the council for more than 40 years.

At a meeting of local Conservative members on Wednesday (September 18) Phil Ewers, who lives in Corby with his partner and two children, was selected as their candidate.

Phil joined the Royal Navy in 1980 and served as an engineer in the Fleet Air Arm during the Falklands conflict. In 1989 he left the Navy and qualified as a civilian engineer, as well as serving the community in various voluntary roles which included founding a local residents’ association, chairing a shadow school governing board and working as an instructor for a Corby youth group.

Phil, now works as a business development manager, said, “I put my name forward to stand as a candidate for the Team Corby Conservatives because I believe passionately in the regeneration projects that they are proposing.

“I love Corby and I want to be a part of bringing more facilities, jobs and enterprise to the area. My campaign will focus on local amenities, community saftey and bringing more activities to the area for young people.”

Leader of the Conservative group on Corby Council, Cllr David Sims, said, “Phil Ewers is an excellent candidate who really does have Corby at heart.

“The WeLoveCorby agenda will lead to major improvements in the town, particularly in respect of entertainment and sports. Phil’s community experience and business expertise will be a huge benefit to the team in driving this project forward.”

A date has not yet been fixed for the election of a Kingswood ward councillor.