Philip graduated from the University of Huddersfield with an Upper Second honours degree in Historical and Political Studies and before being elected, Philip worked for Asda for 12 years, working his way up from the bottom to be a Senior Marketing Manager.
When not working Philip enjoys all sports, in particular horse-racing, where Philip is both an owner and a breeder.
Philip was elected to parliament for Shipley in 2005 with a majority of 422 and was re-elected as the MP for Shipley in 2010 with a majority of 9,944.
He was also elected onto the Executive Committee of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs in 2006 and has been re-elected back onto it every year since.
He has also served on the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee since 2006
Philip is also a member of the newly established Backbench Business Committee and is on the panel of Chairmen for Westminster Hall Debates and the Committee stage of Bills.
Philip became the first MP to publicly call for Britain to withdraw from the European Union and is a member of The Freedom Association's 'Better Off Out' campaign.
He is also the Parliamentary Spokesman for the Campaign Against Political Correctness.
In 2011, Philip won an award at the Spectator Parliamentary Awards as Readers Representative of the Year.
Campaigning in Shipley
Philip has been actively campaigning to prevent the planned housing developments in his constituency (at Menston and Micklethwaite). He believes that the infrastructure does not exist to support these additional developments and that the proposals would negatively affect the nature of many local villages.
Philip also continues to call for a fairer slice of the 'transport cake' for his constituency as well as working with local residents on issues such as the flight path of planes from Leeds/Bradford Airport and helping parents to get their children into the schools of their choice.