Phil Wilson (British politician)

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Phil Wilson
Member of Parliament
for Sedgefield
Assumed office
19 July 2007
Preceded by Tony Blair
Majority 8,696 (21.6%)
Personal details
Born (1959-05-31) 31 May 1959 (age 55)
County Durham, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Philip 'Phil' Wilson[1] (born 31 May 1959) is a British Labour Party politician who was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Sedgefield on 19 July 2007.[2] The by-election was held following the resignation of Prime Minister and member for Sedgefield, Tony Blair.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

The son of a Fishburn colliery worker, Wilson has lived in the Sedgefield constituency all of his life.[4] After attending Trimdon Secondary Modern and Sedgefield Comprehensive School, Wilson became a shop assistant before moving on to be a clerical worker in the civil service where he was a lay-trade union official.[4] Wilson has also worked as a gambling lobbyist.[5]

Wilson is known for being one of the "Famous Five", a group of local Labour Party members who helped a young Tony Blair get selected as the Labour candidate for Sedgefield for the 1983 election.[3]

Wilson has been an Assistant Whip for the Labour Party since the 2010 general election.

In 2012 he was elected to the Progress strategy board. In his work for Progress he was criticized for a blog post that he was accused of plagiarizing.[6]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tony Blair
Member of Parliament for Sedgefield