Councillor Julian Phillips leaves the Conservative Party

Kidderminster Shuttle: Councillor Julian Philips leaves the Conservative Party Councillor Julian Philips leaves the Conservative Party

A FORMER Wyre Forest District Council cabinet member has left the Conservatives.

Bewdley and Arley ward member Julian Phillips sensationally announced today he has stepped down from the district council's Conservative group and Wyre Forest Conservative Association following an internal dispute.

In a statement Mr Phillips, who is also a Bewdley town councillor, said: "Out of respect for the party I am leaving behind, I do not intend to reveal the nature of that dispute, although the local party may wish to.

"I apologise to the residents of Bewdley and Arley who re-elected me under the Conservative banner in 2012, I certainly had no intention of leaving the group mid-term and will still continue to support policies that are in line with the Conservative manifesto for Wyre Forest for the 2012 elections.

"I will remain a strong and loyal supporter of [Wyre Forest MP] Mark Garnier who, of course, is also my employer but regardless of that I feel is an exceptional member of Parliament who is 100 per cent dedicated to all residents of Wyre Forest. I trust the local party will unite behind him so that he retains his seat.

"This has been one of the hardest decisions of my career but I feel that the local party will be best placed overcome its recent problems without me around as a divisive member.”

Mr Phillips was a cabinet member for place-shaping from May 2011 until September 2012 when he was replaced by councillor Anne Hingley.

The councillor did not say if he had switched parties or was now serving as an independent member but the move leaves the ruling Conservative group on the district council with just 18 out of 42 members.

He is the third district councillor in under a year to leave the authority's largest party after now-Independent councillors John Aston and Mike Salter stepped down from the Conervatives last May. The group also suffered a blow when Stourport town councillor John Holden jumped ship to the UK Independence Party that same month.

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6:09pm Fri 14 Mar 14

emjaypee says...

I am but I am not, I'm in but also out, I do but I don't, I can but I can't.
The Times crossword is easier to solve.
I am but I am not, I'm in but also out, I do but I don't, I can but I can't. The Times crossword is easier to solve. emjaypee
  • Score: 10

7:53pm Fri 14 Mar 14

MAUREEN 222 says...

Not sure the labour party would want him.
Not sure the labour party would want him. MAUREEN 222
  • Score: 2

9:38am Sat 15 Mar 14

Poppasmurf says...

So that's three councillors who've left the Tories. Remembering that Councillors Racherl Layton, Graham Ballinger and Cliff Whitaker also jumped ship from the Tory Party, one has to ask what is wrong with the Tories?
So that's three councillors who've left the Tories. Remembering that Councillors Racherl Layton, Graham Ballinger and Cliff Whitaker also jumped ship from the Tory Party, one has to ask what is wrong with the Tories? Poppasmurf
  • Score: 8

9:41am Sat 15 Mar 14

jimpbob says...

One would assume that Mr Phillips is a man of principle. There are not enough of those these days.
One would assume that Mr Phillips is a man of principle. There are not enough of those these days. jimpbob
  • Score: 15

2:37pm Sat 15 Mar 14

manofthepeople says...

Poppasmurt.....

Forgot Graeme Ballinger who left the Liberals and joined the Liberal Democrats then left and joined the Liberals again before joining the Tories and being Tory Leader and Mayor of Kidderminster. Then rejoined the Liberals before jumping ship and joining the Healthy Party..... Wow I need a pink gin after all that!
Poppasmurt..... Forgot Graeme Ballinger who left the Liberals and joined the Liberal Democrats then left and joined the Liberals again before joining the Tories and being Tory Leader and Mayor of Kidderminster. Then rejoined the Liberals before jumping ship and joining the Healthy Party..... Wow I need a pink gin after all that! manofthepeople
  • Score: -2

2:42pm Sat 15 Mar 14

manofthepeople says...

Oh and our own Tony Hinton who left Healthy to join the Tories and June Salter and Maureen Aston who left the Healthy Party to join the Tories.... then we had Paul Harrison who left the Liberals to join the Tories and Rose Bishop who left the Liberals to Join the Tories and of course our dearest Fran who left the Liberal Democrats in Wyre Forest only to sign up and site with them in Worcester on the County Council. I think all this will make a great scrip for the 3rd Series of House of Cards!
Oh and our own Tony Hinton who left Healthy to join the Tories and June Salter and Maureen Aston who left the Healthy Party to join the Tories.... then we had Paul Harrison who left the Liberals to join the Tories and Rose Bishop who left the Liberals to Join the Tories and of course our dearest Fran who left the Liberal Democrats in Wyre Forest only to sign up and site with them in Worcester on the County Council. I think all this will make a great scrip for the 3rd Series of House of Cards! manofthepeople
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Sat 15 Mar 14

lucylockit says...

Well done for standing by your principles Julian. Onwards and upwards, aim for the moon if you miss you'll fall in the stars x
Well done for standing by your principles Julian. Onwards and upwards, aim for the moon if you miss you'll fall in the stars x lucylockit
  • Score: 7

9:03pm Sat 15 Mar 14

emjaypee says...

Not forgetting Messrs Henderson, Martin & Holden all of who flipped parties mid season in order to stay on the gravy train.
I think Mr Phillips is in very good company among WF Cllrs - the majority of them can't make their mind up either.
And to think we trust these clowns to make their mind up when running our council & spending our taxes.
Not forgetting Messrs Henderson, Martin & Holden all of who flipped parties mid season in order to stay on the gravy train. I think Mr Phillips is in very good company among WF Cllrs - the majority of them can't make their mind up either. And to think we trust these clowns to make their mind up when running our council & spending our taxes. emjaypee
  • Score: 4

12:06pm Sun 16 Mar 14

BewdleyBruce says...

I can only wonder what that bunch of six toed, inbred, pony 'fanciers' have done to upset or push out Julian Phillips. he is such a decent guy and one of the few people of the Bewdley Town Council who isn't out for himself, just out town.
I can only wonder what that bunch of six toed, inbred, pony 'fanciers' have done to upset or push out Julian Phillips. he is such a decent guy and one of the few people of the Bewdley Town Council who isn't out for himself, just out town. BewdleyBruce
  • Score: 20

12:51pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Shibdrift says...

MAUREEN 222 wrote:
Not sure the labour party would want him.
Who would?!
Another waste of space.
[quote][p][bold]MAUREEN 222[/bold] wrote: Not sure the labour party would want him.[/p][/quote]Who would?! Another waste of space. Shibdrift
  • Score: -5

12:52pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Shibdrift says...

lucylockit wrote:
Well done for standing by your principles Julian. Onwards and upwards, aim for the moon if you miss you'll fall in the stars x
Or the cr*pper!
[quote][p][bold]lucylockit[/bold] wrote: Well done for standing by your principles Julian. Onwards and upwards, aim for the moon if you miss you'll fall in the stars x[/p][/quote]Or the cr*pper! Shibdrift
  • Score: 1

10:08am Sun 23 Mar 14

thatshowitis says...

Perhaps Julian found out what happened to the 16 missing cheque stubs, 6 of which were made out to Clee that were missing when Clee was the treasurer of the Bewdley branch?
Perhaps Julian found out what happened to the 16 missing cheque stubs, 6 of which were made out to Clee that were missing when Clee was the treasurer of the Bewdley branch? thatshowitis
  • Score: 5

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