Stephen Phillips

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(politician, barrister)
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BornStephen James Phillips
9 March 1970
Chiswick, London, England
Alma materOriel College (Oxford)

Stephen Phillips QC (born 9 March 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician, barrister and part-time Crown Court judge who represented the constituency of Sleaford and North Hykeham as its Member of Parliament (MP) until 4 November 2016, when he announced that he was standing down with immediate effect, because of irreconcilable policy differences with Theresa May's government.[1][2]

Although he voted for Brexit in the June 2016 EU Referendum, Phillips accused PM Theresa May of "tyranny", claiming she has “no authority or mandate to adopt a negotiating position without reference to the wishes of the House of Commons and those of the British people expressed through their elected representatives”:

“I did not vote Leave to see one tyranny that failed to consult this House, in the form of the European Commission, replaced by another in the form of a Government who fail to listen to what this House thinks about their negotiating position."[3]

The resulting 2016 Sleaford by-election is scheduled to take place on 8 December 2016.[4]


  1. "Tory MP Stephen Phillips resigns". BBC News. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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  2. Khomami, Nadia; Weaver, Matthew (4 November 2016). "Tory MP resigns over government approach to Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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  3. "Who is Stephen Phillips? The MP who earns £750k a year on top of his salary"
  4. "First three candidates come forward for Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election"