Wiltshire & Swindon Conservatives have announced that Philip Wilkinson, former Army Officer and Senior Research Fellow at King’s College in London will be their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election on Thursday 19 August 2021.
Philip served in the British Army for 31 years with the Royal Artillery, the Commando and Parachute Brigades and Special Forces spending six of those years in Northern Ireland. In 2000, he left the Army to become a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, London tasked with developing the concept and practice of Security Sector Reform. Across this latter 20 years he has worked at the highest levels of government in Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and from 2016 until 2019 with the President of Somalia. He’s local to this area having lived for the past twenty five years with his family in the Pewsey Vale.
“It is a huge honour to have been selected as the Conservative Candidate for the forthcoming election.” Philip told marlborough.news, adding “I am very much looking forward to persuading residents across Wiltshire that voting for me on 19 August means that they will see firm but fair policing, with a focus on preventing crime and ensuring there is no place for those who seek to commit crimes in our communities.”
Nick Stovold, Chair of Wiltshire & Swindon Conservatives, said, “Over the last few weeks a comprehensive assessment process has taken place, and I am delighted that Philip Wilkinson has been selected as the Conservative Candidate for the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner election. Philip has an impressive record of public service and he will be an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner – helping to ensure that our communities across Wiltshire and Swindon remain safe, whilst engaging with Wiltshire Police in a robust and constructive manner.”
As yet we haven’t had confirmation of the other candidates standing but details will be published as and when we hear. The role of Police & Crime Commissioner is vital for our community, not only does the role bridge the two major Local Authority areas – Wiltshire and Swindon, but it is the link between the Police and the Community, being the representative of one to the other and vice versa. As such it is important that we all turn out to cast our vote on August 19, and we – marlborough.news – will present as much relevant information regarding each candidate standing so that a clear choice can be made.