Phil, a Staffordshire farmer, became the West Midlands’ Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament in 2012 when his predecessor, Liz Lynne, stepped down.
Phil has a BSc and PhD in agriculture from Aberdeen and Newcastle and a 1st class degree in History and Economic history at Birmingham University.
Previously a grassroots campaigner for the Lib Dems, Phil is a recognised agricultural and economic policy specialist. He has advised Charles Kennedy on agricultural affairs and has worked closely with Lib Dem MEPs and MPs on farming and renewable energy. Phil founded and edits the Eurofile magazine and is an active member of the Council of the ELDR and the Lib Dem International Relations Committee. He has been a member of the Federal Policy Committee for 7 years and as a member of the Policy Working Group on Europe, Phil played a lead role in drafting the current Lib Dem policy on CAP reform.
Phil is a full member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, where he works to support SMEs, promote growth and fight against discrimination. He aims to cut down on unnecessary red tape and to ensure that any actions taken at European level are not over-burdensome for employers all over Europe.
As a substitute member of the Transport committee, Phil aims to deliver a liberalised European railway market, complete the TEN-T networks particularly the missing cross border sections and ensure that the European transport network supports the completion of the single market and adds to economic growth.
Being a member of the South-Asia delegation is important to Phil, due to the large Diaspora community in his constituency. Phil makes the most of this membership to follow issues of concern to these communities and to take action at the European level.
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