Introducing Harry Phibbs
Harry Phibbs is the local government editor of ConservativeHome. He is a Conservative councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham representing Ravenscourt Park Ward having been first elected in 2006. He has undertaken a wide range of roles in his local community including being a school governor, a member of the Council's Adoption Panel, and a board member of housing association and a youth club. He has been Chairman of the Council's Value for Money Scrutiny Committee and the Council's Cabinet Member for Community Engagement.
Harry was born in 1966 in Dorset but living in London shortly after. He was educated at Pimlico Comprehensive and Thames Polytechnic. He has served on the national committees of both the Young Conservatives and the Federation of Conservative Students. It was his interview in the FCS magazine New Agenda with the historian Count Nikolai Tolstoy concerning Harold Macmillan's role in the forced repatriation of Cossacks and Yugoslavs at the end of the Second World War, that caused dismay to the then FCS Chairman John Bercow. This also instrumental in prompting Lord Tebbit, the then Conservative Party Chairman, to close down the FCS.
When Harry was aged 16 he was arrested by the KGB at Moscow Airport for smuggling in dissident literature and told he was "banned for life from returning to the Soviet Union."
As a journalist he worked for many years on the Evening Standard's Londoner's Diary and on a freelance basis has contributed to various newspapers and magazines, including a large number of opinion pieces for the Daily Mail online and The Guardian's Comment is Free. He has also written papers for several think tanks.
While he is not an anarchist, Harry is strongly on the libertarian/ classical liberal wing of the Conservative Party.
Harry is married to Caroline by whom he has two daughters Martha and Audrey. He also has another daughter, Georgina, from his first wife.