Phil is a qualified teacher with a history of campaigning against local education cuts. He is fiercely opposed to social care cuts and campaigns for more affordable housing in Bournemouth. He is also a passionate opponent of Brexit.
Phil has been Parliamentary Spokesman for Bournemouth West since 2017 and has recently become vice chair of the Bournemouth Liberal Democrats. He is a graduate of Bournemouth University with a strong attachment to Bournemouth West.
After qualifying as a teacher he taught at Oak Academy, before commuting to teach in inner-city London. Most recently he taught in a local secondary school just outside the Borough before giving up full-time employment to care for his mother who was battling Altzheimer's.
He is married to Sarah who, having previously been a Head Teacher in Bournemouth West, is now a local authority school inspector. Between them, Phil and Sarah share a passion for education.
Phil strongly believes in reducing government interference in the school curriculum and promoting educational opportunity for children of all talents and abilities. He is also a supporter of the Liberal Democrats’ pupil premium, free school meals and extended childcare provision for very young children.
A major area of concern for Phil is social care for the elderly. Having spent over two years as primary carer for his mother (who recently died after a long fight with Alzheimer’s) he is familiar with the heartache and stresses such conditions can bring families.
In recent years Phil has spoken out regularly in favour of improving social and affordable housing provision for families in Bournemouth and he is also leading a campaign to tackle cyber-bullying and internet harassment.
Phil has a grown up daughter, two grown-up step-sons, a lovely granddaughter and two cats.
To get in touch with Phil, email firstname.lastname@example.org