Born in Northwich, Holland was educated at Sir John Deane's Grammar School, Northwich. He served with the Royal Air Force from 1936 to 1946 and was in the Middle East from 1938 to 1942. He was the personnel manager of an electronics company and served as a councillor on Kensington Borough Council from 1955 to 1959.
Holland was an unsuccessful candidate at the 1955 general election in the Birmingham Yardley constituency. At the next general election, in 1959, he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for the marginal constituency of Acton in west London, narrowly defeating the sitting Labour MP Joseph Sparks. He lost the seat to Bernard Floud at the 1964 election.
He stood at the 1966 general election in the safe Conservative seat of Carlton in Nottinghamshire, where he was re-elected until the constituency's abolition for the 1983 general election. He was then returned for the new Gedling constituency, and retired at the 1987 election after 26 years in Parliament. He remained a back-bencher and was best known for his opposition to quangos, campaigning persistently for their reduction.
- "Daily Telegraph Announcements". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Ltd, 1955, 1966 & 1983
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Obituary of Sir Philip Holland, The Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2011
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Philip Holland
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