About John Coombes

John Coombes - Leader Fylde Borough Council

John Coombes – Leader Fylde Council 2003-2010

I was born in 1966 in Lytham hospital and brought up in Fylde.  I went to Clifton Primary School before moving onto Lytham St Annes High School.

On leaving school I joined the Army Air Corps, serving with 4 Regiment in Germany from 1984 to 1989.  I married Mandy in 1985 and we have two daughters Sarah-Lee (21) and Aimee (15).  I have one Grandson, Lewis.

On leaving the Army I worked in Saudi Arabia with BAE Systems.  I was based in Riyadh during Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and was awarded the Gulf Medal for services to the AL Yamamah contract during operation Desert Shield.

On my return to the UK I moved into sales before joining the Fylde based family Corporate Chauffeur business as Managing Director.  Fylde Executive Cars has recently opened a second strand of its business through its new Valeting Centre in Warton bringing the number of employees up to 33. In 2009 I became to Chairman of the Fylde Spitfire Memorial Fund, a group of volunteers that were involved in the fundraising and construction of the new RAF Memorial on Fairhaven Lake.

I have always been keen to support the Fylde community and served as a Special Constable before I became involved in local Politics. In 1997 I became an activist in Heyhouses Ward, I was elected as a Conservative District Councillor in 1999.

After 3 years on the back benches I was elected as Conservative Opposition Group Leader in November 2002.  In 2003 I led the campaign for he local elections, which saw the Conservatives regain control of Fylde Borough Council after 12 years in opposition.  We retained the Council in 2007 and 2011.

In 2005 I was successful in being selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the Wigan Constituency. It has been an long term ambition to represent the people of Fylde in Westminster and have always believed that the protection of Fylde and the welfare of it’s residents is paramount and that Fylde, should always come first. I am keen to ensure that the place that I call home is protected today, for the future enjoyment of my Grandson and his children to come.

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