Philip Hollobone


Philip Hollobone was re-elected MP for Kettering on May 7th 2015 with 24467 votes, taking 51.8% of the vote.

Age 43, Philip is married to Donna and lives in Kettering on the edge of the Ise Lodge estate near Barton Seagrave.

Born in 1964, Philip was educated at Oxford University, where he studied Modern History and Economics, and before being elected to Parliament spent most of his work career as an industry research analyst examining the performance of water, gas and electricity companies across the UK. Philip served over eight years in the Territorial Army, latterly as a paratrooper.

In 1984, Philip spent eight months working as a volunteer teaching assistant with a Baptist Mission in Honduras, Central America.

Philip has served as Borough Councillor for the residents of the Pipers Hill Ward on Kettering Borough Council having previously been the Borough Councillor for the rural Buccleuch Ward for the period 2003-7.

Philip is Chairman of Kettering’s Town Forum, which campaigns on issues affecting the town of Kettering itself and was prevuiously the Chairman of the Kettering Rural Forum, which campaigned on issues affecting the 22 villages located in the countryside around Kettering. In previous years, Philip also represented the Borough of Kettering on the local Community Health Council, Northamptonshire’s Health Scrutiny Partnership and Northamptonshire’s Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Philip has also been involved with a number of community-based projects in and around Kettering, including Neighbourhood Watch, in which he has helped to start up new schemes. As well as having been a school governor at Montsaye Community College in Rothwell, and Avondale Infants School in Kettering, Philip has also served as a volunteer advisor at Kettering’s Citizen Advice Bureau and as Secretary of STOP, which is a non-party political campaign group set up to oppose the over-development of Northamptonshire as proposed by the government’s controversial Milton Keynes and South Midlands Sub-Regional Spatial Strategy.

Philip has been a member of the band of church bell ringers at Kettering Parish Church, and has rung at church towers throughout the Kettering area.

A few years ago he completed a charity walk for the Burton Latimer Royal British Legion from Geddington, near Kettering, to Charing Cross in London along the route of the ancient Queen Eleanor crosses. Philip is a member of the Kettering Book Society and the Kettering Civic Society, supports Kettering Town Football Club and has been an occasional player for Kettering Rugby Football Club.

Philip and Donna were married locally at St John’s church, Cranford in June 2001. Their son, Thomas, was born in 2004, and their daughter, Emily, in 2006.

Philip was the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Lewisham East in 1997 and first fought Kettering for the Conservatives in 2001. He has served at various times as a local government councillor, a school governor, an election agent, a member of Community Health Council, chairman of a police-public liaison committee, and as a meals-on-wheels volunteer for Age Concern and the WRVS. He currently serves as a Councillor on Kettering Borough Council.

Since April 2002, Philip has been Deputy Chairman of the Kettering Constituency Conservative Association. Philip has organised and encouraged the establishment of new Conservative branches, undertaken surveys of the views of local residents, and helped lead local Conservatives to victory in local government elections as well as the last General Election.

In 2003, the Conservative victory in the Kettering Borough Council elections – recapturing the Borough Council for the first time in 12 years – was one of the Conservative Party’s best election successes in the whole country and as such the Kettering Constituency Association was awarded the Conservative Party’s National Award for Excellence. Further success in the Borough Elections in 2007 mean that there are now 28 Conservative Councillors on Kettering Borough Council, versus 6 Labour and 2 Independents.

Northamptonshire County Council was also won back for the Conservatives in May 2005 after 12 years of Labour control. The Conservatives now hold 45 seats out of 73 and have an overall majority of 17. In the Kettering Constituency, 10 of the 13 divisions are now Conservative, and 3 Labour.

Philip was first elected as Member of Parliament for the Kettering Constituency in May 2005.

Constituency: Kettering

Constituency Address: 25 Montagu Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8XG

Constituency Tel: 01536 414715

Date of Birth: 07-Nov-64


Party: Conservative

Personal Website:

Westminster Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Westminster Tel: 0207 219 8373