Philip lives in Kettering on the edge of the Ise Lodge estate near Barton Seagrave. Educated at Oxford University, where he studied Modern History and Economics, before being elected to Parliament Philip spent most of his 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 was elected as Member of Parliament for the Kettering constituency in May 2005 and again in May 2010. Philip deals personally with each and every enquiry made by local people of their MP.
Philip first fought Kettering for the Conservatives in 2001. He has served at various times as a school governor, an election agent, a member of a local Community Health Council, chairman of a police-public liaison committee, a meals-on-wheels volunteer for Age Concern and the WRVS, a committee member of Northamptonshire's Campaign to Protect Rural England, a volunteer advisor at Kettering's Citizen Advice Bureau and secretary of STOP, a non-party political campaign group opposed to the over-development of Northamptonshire.
Philip also serves as Borough Councillor for the residents of the Ise Lodge Ward on Kettering Borough Council having previously been the Borough Councillor for the rural Buccleuch Ward and then Pipers Hill Ward. Philip has previously been a member of the band of church bell ringers at Kettering Parish Church, and has rung at church towers throughout the Kettering area.
Philip is President of the Kettering Branch of the Royal British Legion, a member of the Kettering Book Society and the Kettering and Desborough civic societies, and has been an occasional player for Kettering Rugby Football Club. He is also a Trustee of Solve It, the Kettering-based solvent abuse charity and the Jeanette Crizzle Trust, which is campaigning for improved rates of organ donation. Since April 2002, Philip has been a Deputy Chairman of the Kettering Constituency Conservative Association.
Since being elected, Philip has one of the best combined speaking and voting records in the House of Commons of any MP, as well as the lowest expenses. His aim is to stand up and speak out on behalf of local people. "As the local MP, my job is to be the voice of local people at Westminster, not Westminster's voice in Kettering," Philip says. "My task is to stand up and speak out for the Kettering Constituency." Philip also arranges visits for local people to see the Houses of Parliament and hundreds of local residents have visited over the last 7 years.
Philip has been keen to raise in Parliament issues important to local people such as building over-development in Northamptonshire, the funding of Northamptonshire Police, local NHS dentistry, congestion on the A14, the future of sub post offices in Northamptonshire, the future of Kettering General Hospital, GPs in Northamptonshire, the involvement of local people in planning housing developments, help for small business in Northamptonshire, planning applications for windfarms in Northamptonshire, firework safety, the adoption of local residential roads by the county council, organ donation, and the control of immigration. Philip has been pressing Government Ministers particularly hard for extra infrastructure investment into the Kettering area and has welcomed recent Government announcements for the £110m widening of the A14 Kettering bypass from 2013 and the £800m upgrade and electrification of the Midland Mainline railway through Kettering from 2017.
Philip is a member of the cross-party Better Off Out group of MPs campaigning for an in-out referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.