Philip Collins (journalist)


Philip James Collins (born 16 May 1967) is a British journalist, academic, banker and speechwriter.[1]

Philip Collins
Born
Philip James Collins

(1967-05-16) 16 May 1967 (age 54)
NationalityBritish
EducationBury Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham
Birkbeck College, London
St John's College, Cambridge
OccupationJournalist, academic, banker, speechwriter
Spouse(s)
(m. 2002)
Children2

Education


Collins was educated at Bury Grammar School,[2] since 1976 an independent school for boys in the market town of Bury in Greater Manchester, followed by the University of Birmingham, Birkbeck College (a constituent college of the University of London), and St John's College at the University of Cambridge.[3]

Career


Collins spent several years as an equity strategist in investment banking. He was a political adviser to Frank Field and also worked for the Institute of Education at the University of London, and for the BBC and London Weekend Television.

He was director of the Social Market Foundation before becoming chief speech writer to Tony Blair,[4] and was responsible for writing Blair's last speech as Leader of the Labour Party. In 2007 his was among many names put forward as possible Labour candidates in the constituency of Bolton South East, after the sitting Labour MP Brian Iddon announced he would retire at the 2010 election.[5] Collins did not stand for this or any other seat.

Until August 2020, Collins was a leader writer and columnist for The Times. Private Eye claimed that Collins was "sacked by editor John Witherow for being insufficiently boosterish about the Woosterish Boris Johnson."[6] As he left the newspaper, Collins wrote "Thank you to everyone who has said kind things about the writing I did for The Times and will now do elsewhere. I've always wanted to be thought too left wing but never thought I would achieve it."[7]

He is a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and an associate editor of Prospect magazine. The Liberal Republic (2009) is a pamphlet Collins wrote with his former colleague, Richard Reeves, who later became Nick Clegg's director of strategy.

Collins joined the New Statesman in September 2020 as a columnist and contributing writer.[8]

Private life


Collins is married to newsreader Geeta Guru-Murthy; the couple have two children and live in London.[9]

Bibliography


  • Start Again: How We Can Fix Our Broken Politics (2018) ISBN 978-0-00-831264-0

References


  1. COLLINS, Philip James’, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 27 July 2013
  2. "Bury Life Chances Commission". Bury Council. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  3. "Honorary graduates 2017". University of Exeter. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  4. "Blair's speechwriter speaks for himself". 6 June 2007 via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  5. Devey, Rob (21 May 2007). "Three in hunt for MP's seat". The Bolton News.
  6. "Private Eye". No. 1527. Pressdram Ltd. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  7. Collins, Philip [@PhilipJCollins1] (14 August 2020). "Thank you to everyone who has said kind things about the writing I did for The Times and will now do elsewhere. I've always wanted to be thought too left wing but never thought I would achieve it" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  8. "Why Boris Johnson is desperate to keep Brexit in the news". New Statesman. 16 September 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  9. "Meet 'Filthy Phil', Tony Blair's New Wordsmith". Evening Standard. 13 May 2005.