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Philip Gould

Philip Gould

(1950 – 2011)

  • You were loved and admired by many. Rest in peace.
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Philip Gould

Philip Gould
(1950 – 2011)

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Philip Gould

(1950 – 2011)
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This is an online tribute to Philip Gould. Philip Gould, Baron Gould of Brookwood, was a British political consultant, and former advertising executive, closely linked to the Labour Party. Appointed by Director of Communications Peter Mandelson, he was strategy and polling adviser to the Labour Party in the general elections of 1987, 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005. Involved in 'modernising' the party's image, Philip Gould was particularly connected with Tony Blair and New Labour.
Philip Gould grew up in Woking, where his father was a headmaster, but failed his 11-plus and went to a Secondary modern school. Leaving school with only one O-level, he went on to study at East London College, based in Toynbee Hall, where
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he gained four A-levels. He subsequently won a place at the University of Sussex in 1971 to study politics, graduating in 1974. Philip Gould then went to the London School of Economics to study for an MSc in the history of political thought, where he was taught by the political scientist Michael Oakeshott. Later he returned to the LSE to teach a course in Politics and Communication.
After a career in advertising, and with the success of his wife Gail Rebuck (later CEO of Random House UK), whom he had met at Sussex, Philip Gould founded his own polling and strategy company, Philip Gould Associates, in 1985. Appointed by Mandelson, Philip Gould recruited the Shadow Communications Agency, a team of communication
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volunteers, who created Labour's admired, if unsuccessful, 1987 election campaign. This led to his position of influence within the Labour Party under Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair.
In the afterword of his (only) book The Unfinished Revolution: How the Modernisers Saved the Labour Party (1998) he proposed the amalgamation of the Labour and Liberal Democratic Parties, the purpose of this being the unity of all anti-conservative forces in Britain. This, he said, should facilitate the creation of "the progressive century", "a century in which progressive politics can take hold, and in which the great majority of working people are helped and supported … not now and again but again and again", this being in
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contrast to the previous "conservative century".
On the 7th of June 2004 he was made a life peer as Baron Gould of Brookwood, of Brookwood in the County of Surrey.
He passed away on the 6th of November 2011.
David Miliband wrote: "I am really gutted that we have lost Philip Gould to cancer at such a young age. He was a great personal friend and support, across a generational divide, first for me, then for Louise and I, then for the two of us and the boys. I will miss his humanity and passion for finding and doing the right thing – and his ceaseless determination to elect Labour governments, because he never forgot that one day of Labour in government was worth 1000 in Opposition. He is a huge
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loss – above all to his inspirational, amazing immediate family, but also to the rest of us who knew and loved him."
This online memorial has been created to honour the life of Philip Gould. May he rest in peace.
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Philip Gould

This is an online tribute to Philip Gould. Philip Gould, Baron Gould of Brookwood, was a British political consultant, and former advertising executive, closely linked to the Labour Party. Appointed by Director of Communications Peter Mandelson, he was strategy and polling adviser to the Labour Party in the general elections of 1987, 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005. Involved in 'modernising' the party's image, Philip Gould was particularly connected with Tony Blair and New Labour.
Philip Gould grew up in Woking, where his father was a headmaster, but failed his 11-plus and went to a Secondary modern school. Leaving school with only one O-level, he went on to study at East London College, based in Toynbee Hall, where...

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