Dr Phillip Lee MP
Dr Phillip Lee was born in Buckinghamshire in 1970. He was educated at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow and studied Human Biology and Biological Anthropology at King’s College, London and Keble College, Oxford, before going on to study medicine at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School at Imperial College in London.
He has since worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, before qualifying as a General Practitioner. He lives in Berkshire with his cat.
Phillip’s family are all from South Buckinghamshire. His father was born in High Wycombe and runs his own small business. His great-grandfather was a coal miner in Gorseinon near Swansea. His grandfather was a tail-gunner in a Halifax bomber in the Second World War before going on to work in High Wycombe for over thirty years. Consequently, he has been brought up to respect the value of liberty, the importance of taking responsibility for his actions and the value of a good day’s work. This family background shapes his politics.
Phillip has travelled widely throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. His interests include skiing (water and snow), football, rugby union and playing cricket (badly) for the ‘Old Grumblers’ CC.
Phillip has been interested in politics since school. He joined the Beaconsfield Conservative Association in 1992. In 2001, he successfully ran in a local council by-election in Beaconsfield achieving a significant swing from the Liberal Democrats.
In the 2005 General Election Phillip was the Conservative Party Candidate for Blaenau Gwent in South Wales. Following that campaign, Phillip was elected Deputy Chairman (Membership & Finance) of Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association. In May 2006, Phillip was selected for the Conservative Party Priority List of Candidates.
From 2007 to 2008 he served as Deputy Chairman (Political). In 2009 he joined Maidenhead Conservatives.
On May 6th 2010 Dr Phillip Lee was elected for the Bracknell Constituency at the General Election.
To find out more about Dr Phillip Lee’s work as an MP, visit http://www.phillip-lee.com/
What does an MP do?
The UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons. There are 651 MPs, each representing one area of the country called a constituency. MPs work in Parliament on behalf of all the people in their constituency – even those who did not vote for them. MPs are involved in considering and proposing new laws, and can use their position to ask Government Ministers questions about current issues.
In broad terms, MPs split their time between working in Parliament itself, working in the constituency that elected them and working for their political party. Duties in Parliament include participating in debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall and voting on legislation and other matters. Many members are also involved with Select Committees.
MPs help their constituents by advising on any problems that they might have encountered when dealing with a Government Department, by representing their concerns in Parliament and by acting as a figurehead to speak up for the local area. They support their party by often voting with them in the House of Common (although where an MP strongly disagrees with their party they will obviously vote against). Some MPs from the ruling party become Government Ministers with specific responsibilities in certain areas, such as health or defence.