Tony Blair pays tribute to Philip Gould as a "constant advocate for the British people"Monday, Nov 07, 2011 in Office of Tony Blair
Labour peer Philip Gould, who was a close friend, key strategist and adviser to Tony Blair, died last night following a battle with cancer.
In a statement released today Tony Blair said:
"Philip was such a huge part of the renaissance of the Labour Party. To me he was my guide and mentor, a wise head, a brilliant mind, and a total rock when a storm was raging.
"He became indispensable. He was always a constant advocate for the British people, their hopes and anxieties. So his political contribution was immense.
"But then as his illness gripped him, he became something more. In facing death, he grew emotionally and spiritually into this remarkable witness to life's meaning and purpose. No one who saw him in those last months was unchanged by him. And the bond between him and his wonderful family was a joy to see.
"I feel very proud and privileged to have known him and to have been his friend."