Capable and courageous



What makes me a great campaigner? Courage, backed up by our principles and a belief in what we stand for. If you add to that organisation skills then it is a winning combination. For instance in the past I have been a town councillor and Mayor and my role was to stand up for individuals and the community. In this instance I was taken to the High Court by as large property owning corporation four times, as I had defended people's rights to discuss what this landlord did and how they operated. Taking it as a matter of principle I wrote the legal papers which persuaded the judge to agree with us and the people of the town in a land mark case.
I saved our local swimming pool from closure by running an on-line petition. I saved a local hall from closure by the Tories by organising a public meeting and packing it with people. I have worked for an MP (Tony McWalter MP) and helped manage his case work for him. As Mayor and councillor I campaigned as a tribune for the people against more established forces.
Also I have been the staff representative on a couple of occasions representing workers to management and taking the part of a 'friend' in complaint and grievance procedures. This is in the private sector in a non-unionised environment. By having the courage to stand up with people you give them the courage to defend their rights.
Give some examples of your communication skills:
  • I do a lot of public speaking and it is the main thing that people has endorsed me for on Linked-In. I have also delivered three Party Conference speeches. In 2012 I was a speaker at Unesco World Habitat Conference in Naples and also did a speaking tour in China on Garden Cities and during my two years as Mayor.
  • Communication is about listening and I have gained chairing experience from time my time as Mayor. Last year I was chairman of Labour fringe meetings on small business.
  • For the past three years I have written a column on Labour & small business for Progress.
  • Author of two books  ‘Freedom to Freelance’ and of ‘The Garden City Manifesto’.
  • Appeared on Radio 4's Today programme and on BBC 3 Counties Radio on many local issues as well as on The Politics Show and Anglia TV
  • I successfully persuaded Newsnight to transmit an on-air apology on an issue and helped present the first ever e-petition to Parliament



In March 2009 Philip won a high court case defending the People of Letchworth
click below to via interview outside the High Court








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