Stephen Phillips (politician)

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Stephen Phillips
Member of Parliament
for Sleaford and North Hykeham
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Douglas Hogg
Succeeded by in office
Majority 25,115 (38.9%)
Personal details
Born (1970-03-09) 9 March 1970 (age 45)[1]
Chiswick, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Fiona née Goldsby QC (div.)
Residence Hampstead, London Borough of Camden[2]
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford

Stephen James Phillips, QC, MP (born 9 March 1970, London) is a British Conservative Party politician, barrister and recorder (part-time Crown Court judge).

Phillips has represented the constituency of Sleaford and North Hykeham as its Member of Parliament (MP) since 2010.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Phillips was born on 9 March 1970, the son of Stewart Charles Phillips, a civil servant, and his wife Janice Frances née Woodhall.[4] He attended Canford School, Dorset before going up to Oriel College, Oxford from 1988 to 1992, where he graduated with a BA degree (proceeding MA (Oxon)) in Jurisprudence (Law) in 1991; he pursued postgraduate studies at Oxford University receiving a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in 1992.[4]

After studying to become a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law, he was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1993. He took silk (QC) and also serves as a recorder since 2009. He was chairman of the governing body of Frank Barnes School, one of the only sign-bilingual schools for deaf people in Britain.[5]

Phillips served a short commission in the British Army, as a Welsh Guards officer.[6]

Political career[edit]

In 2008 he contested a by-election for Hampstead Town ward where he lives on the Camden London Borough Council triggered by the resignation of the Conservative incumbent but lost to the Liberal Democrats.[2][7]

Phillips entered the House of Commons in 2010 as Member of Parliament for Sleaford and North Hykeham, being its second parliamentary representative since the constituency was created, following Douglas Hogg.

Phillips sits on the European Scrutiny Committee, the Public Accounts Committee[8] and the Committee for the Defamation Bill.[9]

He attracted criticism from some for spending around 1,700 hours annually working as a barrister whilst serving as an MP. Phillips described his own parliamentary attendance record as "excellent", asserting his outside work "doesn’t affect the way in which I perform as an MP", and accused his critics of "envy" over his £750,000 per annum second job earnings.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips was previously married to Fiona née Goldsby, QC; they have three children. He divides his time between London and his home in Lincolnshire.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stephen Phillips MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Debrett's People of Today
  4. ^ a b 'Phillips, Stephen James', Who's Who 2015, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc., 2015; online ed., Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online ed., October 2014
  5. ^ Who's Who
  6. ^ Conservative Home
  7. ^
  8. ^ Quentin Letts @
  9. ^ "Stephen Phillips". Parliament UK. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Dominiczak, Peter (13 December 2013). "£750,000 second job shows I am a success, says Stephen Phillips MP". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  11. ^

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Douglas Hogg
(now Viscount Hailsham)
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Member of Parliament
for Sleaford and North Hykeham