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Wednesday30 July 2014

BNP architect Peter Phillips stands in general election

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At least three architects are now bidding to become MPs at next month’s general election — including British National Party member Peter Phillips.


Peter Phillips, Sole practitioner and BNP candidate for Windsor
Peter Phillips, Sole practitioner and BNP candidate for Windsor

Following BD’s revelation last week that Colman Architects’ Chris Phillips is standing for the Conservatives in south London, Peter Phillips — who is no relation — revealed he was set to stand for the BNP in Windsor, while Lib Dem Mike Hibbs will be making a bid for the newly formed seat of Basildon & Billericay.

But it is the candidacy of Peter Phillips that will concern the profession, which three years ago was rocked by news that the architect — who was then standing for the RIBA presidency — was a member of the far-right party.

Architecture minister Margaret Hodge, who is facing a challenge from BNP leader Nick Griffin in her seat of Barking, this week joined with Hibbs and Chris Phillips in a cross-party attack on Peter Phillips and his party.

The Surrey-based architect, a long-standing member of the BNP, told BD his professional status was proof that it was not a party of “knuckle-dragging thugs”.

“The fact I’m not a knuckle-dragging thug helps to nail that ridiculous stereotype created by the press,” he said. “A lot of the [BNP] candidates are professional people — we’ve even got a barrister.”

He added that his party would help solve the housing crisis by stopping all further immigration. “Eighty percent of new housing is needed for recent immigrants,” he said.


Chris Phillips of Colman Architects. Tory candidate for Lewisham West & Penge
Chris Phillips of Colman Architects. Tory candidate for Lewisham West & Penge

But Chris Phillips, who hopes to win the new Lewisham West & Penge seat, called the claim “ridiculous” and said it was extraordinary any architect would become involved with the BNP.

“They are entitled to their views, but I profoundly reject the views of a political party which has as its leader a Holocaust denier,” he said. “I think it would reflect very badly on the profession if a BNP supporter was successful in any way under the guise of representing architects.”

Hibbs, who is facing a BNP member in his constituency, said he doubted the party’s claims to have become a respectable party.

Hodge said: “A protest vote for the BNP offers a false prospectus, unrest and conflict in local communities.”

The deadline for registering to stand for Parliament on May 6 is next Tuesday, leaving the possibility that further members of the profession will yet come forward.

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  • As if any proof were needed of the stupidity of this group, here it is anyway:- http://www.vote-no-to-bnp.org.uk/#hrsMfMmwTFd4

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  • Clearly its nonsense to suggest 80% of new homes are built for immigrants and are somehow to blame for making housing less affordable. The real reasons behind the current shortage of new homes - such as the credit crunch and subsequent collapse of mortgage lending - have predictably been ignored by the BNP. There's no evidence to support this scaremongering rubbish.

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  • Mr Orr Are you commenting as yourself or the NHF? Whilst I certainly won't be voting for the BNP, I don't see him saying what you say he is saying; “Eighty percent of new housing is needed for recent immigrants,” he said. That statement ties in with how I read the latest (we can prove anything) statistics, so where are 'yours' to prove different? Are the authors of that recent open letter from Peterborough all scaremongers based on fiction, albeit of a less extreme political persuasion?

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  • It is a real shame that a profession that prides itself on forward thinking and helping to make society a better place, can also be the the profession of this biggot. Mr Coleman, I hope you lose your deposit.

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  • Apologies, Mr coleman who ever, you are! I meant Peter Philips

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  • Well done Peter Philips, its good to see someone with a bit of backbone not willing to go along with the politically correct media brainwashed sheeple that make up 95% plus of society. This country has gone down the tubes yet the conformist masses still show no anger. They would be more upset if man utd v chelsea wasen't on sky sports than if another 50,000 jobs left this country. Peter, you will have plenty of support, good luck in the election.

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  • don't agree with Mr Philips' statements but i do wholheartedly agree with Louise. Hear hear... We need a country with a real leader who has backbone and not someone who tries to appease everyone in this politically correct, touchy feely nanny state. Louise for Prime Minister!!!!

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  • Louise: I hope you just wandered accidentally across this story on the internet, and that you're not actually an architect?

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  • looks like I'll have to resign from arb and RIBA if phillips is elected.

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  • Rather than publish my 220 word statement in answer to last week's 'Debate' question 'Should architects welcome a change of government?', which I prepared for BD so that fellow architects could read what the BNP's policies, and my views, actually are on a number of architectural matters, BD chose to highlight one small part through the thick distorting filter of their reporter Will 'ShockHorror' Hurst. It's got nothing to do with 'oxygen of publicity' etc. but everything to do with the NUJ policy of keeping the public in the dark. So much for free speech.

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