Alexandra Phillips (Green politician)

Alexandra Phillips
Alexandra Phillips for the South East Greens.jpg
Phillips in a 2019 political announcement
Member of the European Parliament
for South East England
In office
2 July 2019 – 31 January 2020
Preceded byKeith Taylor
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Mayor of Brighton and Hove
In office
22 May 2019 – 15 May 2020
Preceded byDee Simson
Succeeded byAlan Robins
Personal details
Born (1985-07-09) 9 July 1985 (age 37)
Liverpool, England, UK
Political partyGreen Party of England and Wales (since 2003)
Other political
Labour Party (2001–2003)
SpouseTom Druitt
Alma materUniversity of London Institute in Paris
UCL Institute of Education

Alexandra Louise Rosenfield Phillips (Alex Phillips; born 9 July 1985) is a British politician. She served as a Green Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England from 2019 to 2020. She was Mayor of Brighton and Hove from May 2019 to May 2020, and was the youngest person to hold the office.

Early life and local political career

Phillips was born on 9 July 1985 in Liverpool, Merseyside, to Roger Phillips and Margaret Rosenfield. She is of Jewish heritage. Her father works for BBC Radio Merseyside and she has one younger sister, Ellie, who works as a journalist.

Brought up in Liverpool, Phillips was initially a Labour Party activist with her mother, joining the party at the age of 16. In 2003 she resigned from Labour and joined the Green Party as a result of the then Labour government's decision to invade Iraq. She holds a bachelor's degree in French Studies from the University of London Institute in Paris and a PGCE from the UCL Institute of Education.

Phillips moved to Brighton in 2008. She was elected to represent the Goldsmid ward on Brighton and Hove City Council in a 2009 by-election, and re-elected in 2011. In subsequent council elections she contested the Regency ward, winning a seat in both 2015 and 2019. She became Brighton's youngest mayor in 2019 after being selected for the role by her fellow councillors. In 2021, she announced she was stepping down as a councillor ahead of the May 2023 elections after setting up a parcel delivery company to circumnavigate the travel restrictions to her holiday home in France. Outside of her council roles, she has worked as the policy lead at the HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, and as a French and German language secondary school teacher in Croydon, London, and later Hampshire. She currently works for cross-bench peer Lord Bird focusing on the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill.

European Parliament

In the 2014 European parliamentary election, Phillips stood as a candidate in the South East England constituency. She was second on her party's list after Keith Taylor (Green Party MEP since 2010). In the election, the Green Party won just one seat in South East England which therefore went to Taylor as their first-placed candidate. Phillips worked as Senior Campaigns Coordinator for Green Party MP Caroline Lucas's successful general election campaigns in 2010 and 2015. She supported the United Kingdom remaining within the European Union (EU) in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.

Phillips contested the 2019 European Parliament election in the South East England constituency. This time she was first on her party's list, Taylor having chosen not to seek re-election. In the same constituency, another candidate called Alexandra Phillips also stood as a candidate but for the Brexit Party. In the election, both were elected as MEPs. In the European Parliament, she was a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, and part of the delegation to the ACP–EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

House of Commons bid

Phillips was the Green candidate for Parliament at the 2019 election in Brighton Kemptown. She was unsuccessful, finishing fourth out of five candidates.

Personal life

Phillips is married to Tom Druitt, a Green Party Brighton and Hove councillor and managing director of The Big Lemon (a bus and coach operator in Brighton). They both hold shares in the company which has a contract with the city council. They have one son, who was born in October 2017 and a daughter born in September 2021.

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