Philip described the modernisation of the Labour party as an ‘unfinished revolution’. The lecture provides an annual opportunity for leading figures in the Labour movement to continue his work by debating how Labour can best represent the values and aspirations of the British people.
Philip started working for Labour under Neil Kinnock by establishing the Shadow Communications Agency to help the party recover from the depths of its electoral defeat in 1983. He later went on to work on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, drawing on his experience of the UK general election of that year to advise it on how to respond to Republican attacks. Philip was inspired by Clinton’s victory and, with Peter Mandelson, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, formed the nucleus of the group of modernisers who would lead Labour to its historic landslide in 1997. He remained a key adviser to Tony Blair during his time as prime minister. In June 2004, Philip became Baron Gould of Brookwood. He returned to work for Gordon Brown in the run up to, and during, the 2010 general election. Following the general election, he updated his book, The Unfinished Revolution. Philip lost his battle with cancer in November 2011 but remains an inspiration to a generation of Labour modernisers.
Progress is proud that former prime minister Tony Blair delivered the inaugural Philip Gould Lecture on Monday 21 July 2014.
Philip Gould Lecture 2014
11am, Monday 21 July 2014 | Central London location
Keynote: Tony Blair Former prime minister
On the 20th anniversary of his election as leader of the Labour party, former prime minister Tony Blair gave the inaugural Philip Gould Lecture in central London.