Phil Bruce Goff (22 June 1953) was the leader of the leftist New Zealand Labour Party, the seond main party of New Zealand behind the New Zealand National Party. Goff took leadership of the party after Helen Clark lost the election to John Key in 2008. As leader Goff the party wallowed in the polls and lost massively in the 2008 election.
Goff favours an extension of the government, tax and spend policies and has floated a lifting of the top tax rate and implemntation of a capital gains tax. Neither policy earned Labour any traction in the polls despite being leading many to believe that it is Goff himself brought the vote down. Goff is known for making public gaffs, lacking charisma and lying about briefing papers presented to him.
Goff has no known religious affiliations.