Philip Gould was one of those people who always seemed to have a zest for new ideas, and an infectious enthusiasm for what he had learnt from his focus groups or his wider reading. I always found this in education, where he was a strong backer of David Blunkett's approach, helped by the popularity of those policies. Philip was undoubtedly as important to Labour's 1997 victory and to Tony Blair's subsequent two election wins as anyone. In his last year, he showed the most extraordinary courage as he came to terms with the consequences of his cancer. And in revising his indispensable guide to campaigning, An Unfinished Revolution, he has left a lasting legacy. May he rest in peace.