Philip graduated from the Huddersfield University with an Upper Second honours degree in Historical and Political Studies. Before being elected, Philip worked for Asda for 12 years, working his way up to be a Senior Marketing Manager.
Philip was elected a Conservative Member of Parliament for Shipley in 2005 with a majority of 422 and re-elected in 2010 with a majority of 9,944. He has been a Member of the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee since 2006. Philip is on the panel of Chairs for Westminster Hall Debates and the Committee stage of Bills.
Philip became the first MP to publicly call for the UK to withdraw from the EU and is a member of the '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. When not working Philip enjoys all sports, horse-racing in particular.