Phil Woolas – remember him?
He was, of course, the Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth between 1997 and 2010. In November 2010 he was unceremoniously kicked out of Parliament after being found guilty by an election court of telling serious untruths about the character of his Liberal Democrat opponent, in what were undoubtedly the most shocking election leaflets of modern times.
But now Woolas has returned to the political scene, only this time as a “consultant” at a new firm called Wellington Street Partners. It’s not exactly clear from the website what in the political world Phil Woolas will be providing advice on. Presumably not election law.
The website does, though, provide this very interesting biography of the former MP:
Phil Woolas was Labour MP for the marginal seat of Oldham East & Saddleworth for 13 years. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Gus MacDonald, Minister of State for Transport, Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, deputy leader of the House of Commons, Minister of State for Local Government and Regeneration, Minister of State for Civil Contingency, Minister of State for Environment and Minister of State for Immigration and Customs. He also served as Minister for the North West of England.
Phil was a leading member of the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown Governments.
Prior to his time in Parliament, Phil served as a national official for the GMB trade union. His early career was in television where he worked for ITV, Newsnight and Channel Four News. He has published numerous articles and essays and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
I can’t quite put my finger on it just now, but I’m sure there’s something missing there…