Phil Wilson (British politician)

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Phil Wilson

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Member of Parliament
for Sedgefield
Assumed office
19 July 2007
Preceded byTony Blair
Majority6,059 (14.6%)
Personal details
Born (1959-05-31) 31 May 1959 (age 60)
County Durham, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour

Philip Wilson[1] (born 31 May 1959) is a Labour Party MP in the United Kingdom. He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Sedgefield on 19 July 2007[2] in a by-election that followed the resignation of Tony Blair, former Prime Minister, from the seat.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

The son of a Fishburn colliery worker, Wilson has lived in the Sedgefield constituency all of his life.[4] After attending Trimdon Secondary Modern and Sedgefield Comprehensive School, Wilson became a shop assistant before moving on to be a clerical worker in the civil service where he was a lay-trade union official.[4] Wilson later worked as a gambling lobbyist for the Gala Coral Group in the lead up to the passing of the 2005 Gambling Act, and as a director at London based public affairs consultancy Fellows’ Associates.[5][6]

Wilson is known for being one of the "Famous Five", a group of local Labour Party members who helped a young Tony Blair get selected as the Labour candidate for Sedgefield for the 1983 election,[3] he subsequently worked for Tony Blair in his constituency office, the Labour Party and a PR company. [7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Wilson was a Labour Assistant Whip from 2010 to 2015.[8] In 2012, he was elected to the Progress strategy board. In his work for Progress, he was criticised for a blog post that he was accused of plagiarizing.[9]

In 2013, a letter attributed to Conservative MP John Glen accused Wilson of failing to properly declare donations from Hitachi before speaking about the matter in a House of Commons debate. Glen subsequently accepted that Wilson was not at fault and apologised personally to him, claiming the letter had been drafted on his behalf and he had not read it before it was issued.[10] In his biography on his personal website, Wilson states that bringing a Hitachi Rail factory project to Newton Aycliffe in his constituency represents his "proudest political achievement so far".[7]

In his 2017 general election voter leaflet, Wilson stated he was not a supporter of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and suggested Labour would not win the election,[11] he had supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[12]

Wilson has called for a second referendum on Brexit, he said "Before we retreat to the past, people should be given another chance to decide whether that is where they want to end up".[13][14] He believes that there were “facts that weren’t put before the British people during the referendum campaign”.[15] Later he supported the proposal to join the European Economic Area to mitigate the disadvantages of Brexit.[16] Wilson's constituency of Sedgefield voted to Leave the European Union by 59.4%.[17]

He is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8741.
  2. ^ Fran Yeoman (20 July 2007). "Victory for Blair's aide keeps the flame alive". The Times. Retrieved 20 July 2007.
  3. ^ a b Hélène Mulholland (4 July 2007). "Blair turns out to back Sedgefield candidate". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  4. ^ a b c "Phil Wilson – Labour's local man". sedgefield-labour.com. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2007.
  5. ^ "Wilson bid hides PR credentials". PR Week. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  6. ^ Jonathan Oliver (20 July 2007). "The gambling lobbyist who's taking over in Blair's backyard". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 July 2007.
  7. ^ a b "About Me". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Phil Wilson". House of Commons. UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  9. ^ http://politicalscrapbook.net/2012/07/phil-wilson-mp-accused-of-plagiarism/
  10. ^ Merrick, Robert (11 March 2013). "Complaint was "cooked up" by Tories, claim". Northern Echo. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  11. ^ Horton, Helena (22 May 2017). "Labour candidate disowns Jeremy Corbyn on his leaflet as he tells constituents he is 'no supporter'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  12. ^ Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (20 July 2016). "Which MPs are nominating Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest?". Mirror. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  13. ^ "North East Labour MPs call for second EU vote". BBC News. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/leave-campaign-cheated-win-eu-14919038
  15. ^ Post reply (30 January 2018). "Phil Wilson on Brexit analysis: "Facts weren't put before British people"". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  16. ^ Wilson, Phil (11 June 2018). "I'll be backing the EEA - the only available Brexit option to minimise risk". LabourList. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  17. ^ News, I (12 May 2017). "Every Leave constituency where the MP voted Remain". I News. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  18. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. Retrieved 16 July 2019.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tony Blair
Member of Parliament for Sedgefield
2007–present
Incumbent