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Philip Collins

Philip Collins

Let Tony Blair’s speech-writer improve your communication skills


“When Tony Blair and I discussed how to convey political ideas, I would always ask: ‘Could this be explained in a pub?’ Most political speeches fail this test.”

Philip Collins has plenty to talk about: trained as an investment banker, he went on to become a novelist, academic, charity director and columnist – not to mention chief speech-writer to the UK prime minister in 2005-07. Some of his events have a practical edge; they are masterclasses in the art of speech-writing and political communication. Others give unique insights into Westminster politics, drawing upon his experience preparing major addresses on economic policy, European policy, law and order, education and health. All of them, however, are entertaining – it is Philip’s sparkling anecdotes that saw him recently named After Dinner Speaker of the Year.