Taxpayers' Alliance

TaxPayers' Alliance

Background

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) is a British organisation that campaigns for a low tax society and greater transparency with taxpayer money. It was founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott, former Chief Executive of Vote Leave, and Andrew Allum, a partner at L.E.K Consulting. Alongside climate science denial think tanks such as The Global Warming Policy Foundation, TPA is part of the network of right wing think tanks which occupy 55 Tufton Street. [1], [2], [3], [4]

The TPA claims to have the support of over 90,000 grassroots activists campaigning for public spending cuts, and was described by Atlas CEO Brad Lips as “a force of nature in a relatively short amount of time.” With close links to frontbench Conservatives and business leaders, a number of TPA policy recommendations have been taken up, such as reforming stamp duty, cutting beer duty, and cutting public spending. [1], [5], [6]

Stance on Climate Change

2010

The TaxPayers’ Alliance Manifesto, published shortly before the 2010 General Election, includes the following recommendation: [7]

Abandon the wasteful 2020 renewables targets and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme so that families aren’t hit with big rises in energy bills.”

Funding

See the Taxpayers Alliance financial filings history via Companies House UK.

Key People

Staff & Board

Name 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Description
Mike Denham Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Economist
Lee Rotherham Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Research Fellow
Emma Bennett Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Finance Director
John O'Connell Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief Executive
Rory Meakin Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Research Fellow
Dominique Lazanski Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Last Press Label and GSMA
Mark Wallace Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Research Fellow
Milly Skriczka Y Y Y Y Y Development Manager
Simon Cook Y Y Y Y Y Research Fellow
Sara Rainwater Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Operations Director
Ben Ramanauskas Y Y Policy Analyst
Chloe Westley Y Y Campaign Manager
Duncan Simpson Y Y Policy Analyst
Harry Fone Y Y Grassroots Campaign Manager
Andrew Allum Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chairman
James Roberts Y Political Director
Jeremy Hutton Y Policy Analyst
Phil Basey Y Editorial Director
Steven Edginton Y Digital Campaign Manager
Alex Wild Y Y Y Y Y Y Research Director
James Price Y Y Campaign Manager
Jan Zeber Y Y Policy Analyst
Theo Hutchinson Y Policy Analyst
Harry Davis Y Y Campaign Manager (Communications)
Meg Hanks Y Operations Manager
Shahmir Sanni Y Campaign Manager (Digital)
Jonathan Isaby Y Y Y Y Y Chief Executive
Lee Canning Y Y Y Y Wales Coordinator
Dia Chakravarty Y Y Y Political Director
Harry Fairhead Y Y Policy Analyst
Jordan Devi Taylor Y Y Campaign Manager (Digital)
Katherine Gray Y Y Operations Manager
Jennifer Salisbury Jones Y Policy Analyst
Matthew Elliott Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Founder
Tim Newark Y Y Y Bath & South West Coordinator
Andy Silvester Y Campaign Manager (Communications)
Sonia Khan Y Campaign Manager (Grassroots)
Matthew Sinclair Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Chief Executive
Andrew Allison Y Y Y National Grassroots Coordinator
Robert Oxley Y Y Campaign Manager
Eleanor Mc Grath Y Campaign Manager
Henry Zarb Y Islington Coordinator
Emma Boon Y Y Y Campaign Director
Chris Daniel Y Y Policy Analyst
Maria Fort Y Y Scheduling and Outreach Director
Florence Heath Y Y Y Y Y Y Co-Founder
Sara Rainwater-Lane Y Operations Director
Fiona McEvoy Y Y Y Y West Midlands Campaign Agent
Jennifer Dunn Y Policy Analyst, Transport and the Environment
Tim Aker Y Y Y Grassroots Coordinator
Ben Farrugia Y Y Policy Analyst, Public Services
Susie Squire Y Campaign Manager
Eben Wilson Y Y Y Y Managing Director, Main Communications Ltd
Saul Rowe Y Y Y Y Volunteer
Corin Taylor Y Y Research Director
Neil Booth Y Y Graphic design

Advisory Council

Name 2005 2008 2010 2019 Description
David B. Smith Y Y Y Y Economist and Author
Eamonn Butler Y Y Y Y Director of the Adam Smith Institute
James Tooley Y Y Y Y Professor of Education Policy at Newcastle University
Kevin Dowd Y Y Y Y Professor of Finance and Economics at the Durham University Business School
Patrick Minford Y Y Y Y Professor of Applied Economics at the Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
Ruth Lea Y Y Y Y Economic Adviser at Arbuthnot Banking Group
Stephen Davies Y Y Y Y Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs
Tim Congdon Y Y Y Y
Dominique Lazanski Y Last Press Label and GSMA
Emma Dean Y Political consultant
James Bartholomew Y Journalist & Author of The Welfare State We’re In and The Welfare of Nations; director of the Museum of Communist Terror
Jordan Williams Y Executive Director of the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
Mike Denham Y Economist
Stephen Herring Y Head of Taxation at the Institute of Directors
Tim Andrews Y Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance
Troy Lanigan Y President and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Charles Hanson Y Y Y Economic Consultant
Dennis O'Keeffe Y Y Y Formerly University of Buckingham (now deceased)
Elaine Sternberg Y Y Y University of Leeds
Gabriel Stein Y Y Y Lombard Street Research
John Blundell Y Y Y Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute of Economic Affairs
Keith Boyfield Y Y Y Keith Boyfield Associates
Keith Marsden Y Y Y Economic Consultant, United Nations
Kenneth Minogue Y Y Y London School of Economics
Madsen Pirie Y Y Y Adam Smith Institute
Michael Mosbacher Y Y Y Social Affairs Unit
Helen Evans Y Director, Nurses for Reform
Tim Evans Y Former President, Libertarian Alliance
Alan Walters Y Y
Norman Barry Y Y Formerly University of Buckingham (now deceased)
James Sproule Y Head of Research, Augusta & Co. plc

Business Supporters

According to an archive of the TaxPayers' Alliance website, between November 2004 and December 2005, “just under 150 businessmen and opinion formers signed two TaxPayers' Alliance letters to the Financial Times, and to the Daily Telegraph. The Financial Times letter concluded that Britain “cannot afford not to cut taxes - and to discipline spending growth accordingly”: [8]

Name Description
A.R. Tanner Chairman, Tanners Wines Ltd
Adam Afriyie
Alistair Craig CPS Research Fellow
Allen Sykes Former MD, Consolidated Gold Fields
Andrew Allum Chairman
Andrew Langley Managing Director, Juniper Products Ltd
Andrew Roberts Historian
Anthony Coombs Group Managing Director, S&U Plc
Anthony de Normann Managing Director, Aldenham Ltd
Anthony Fuller Chairman, Fuller Smith and Turner Plc
Anthony Good Chairman, Cox & Kings
Ashley Unitt Chief Technical Officer , NewVoiceMedia Ltd
Benjamin Slade Chairman, Shilstar Holdings
Brian Goswell Chairman, ISS Group Plc
Brian Pettifer Chairman and Chief Executive, Pettifer Group Ltd
Cameron Buchanan Managing Director, Harrisons of Edinburgh Ltd
Charles Cameron Managing Director, Jefferies International Ltd
Chris Kelly Chairman, Keltruck Ltd
Chris Woodhead Former HM Chief Inspector of Schools
Christopher Foyle Chairman, Air Foyle Ltd
Christopher Shale Chief Executive, Oxford Resources
Constantine Folkes Chairman and Chief Executive, Folkes Holdings Ltd
Damon de Laszlo Chairman, Economic Research Council
Dan Lewis Director of Environmental Affairs, Stockholm Network
David Briggs Managing Director, Dawson Music
David Harvey Chairman, Small Business Council, Centre for Policy Studies
David Myddelton Cranfield School of Management
David Newlands Chairman, Tomkins Plc
David Ord Managing Director, The Bristol Port Company Ltd
David Shaw Chairman, Sabrelance Corporate Partners Ltd
David Soskin Chief Executive Officer, cheapflights.co.uk
Don Hanson Chairman, Eiger Capital Ltd
Eben Wilson Managing Director, Main Communications Ltd
Edgar Miller Managing Director, Palladian Ltd
Edmund Gartside Chairman, Shiloh Plc
Elaine Sternberg University of Leeds
Eric Nichols
G Grimstone Chairman, Grimstone Foundation
G H C Wakefield Former Chairman of J & H Marsh & McLennan
Gabriel Stein Lombard Street Research
Gary Mond Managing Director, Redcliffe Training Associates Ltd
Gary Ramsey Director, Jefferson Engineering Ltd
George Guise Prime Minister's Policy Unit, 1986-90
Gerald Frost Editor, eurofacts
Gerald Kaye Development Director, Helical Bar Plc
Gerard Lyons City Economist
Giles Shepard Chairman, Searcy Tansley & Co. Ltd
Graeme Leach Chief Economist, Institute of Directors
Grahame Berkeley Chairman, Berkeley Burke Holdings Ltd
Henry Angest Chairman and CEO, Arbuthnot Banking Group plc
Howard Flight Director, Investec Asset Management Ltd
Hugh Trevor-Jones Chairman, Lowe & Fletcher Ltd
Iain Breese Chairman, Westler Foods Ltd
Ian Milne Director, Global Britain
James Sproule Head of Research, Augusta & Co. plc
Jamie Borwick Chairman, Modec Ltd
Jeremy Bradshaw Managing Director, Gryphon Partners Ltd
Jill Kirby Chair, Full Time Mothers
John Blundell Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs
John Craven Chairman, Lonmin Plc
John Dembitz Chairman, Dembitz & Associates
John Hickman Chairman, Kingston Estates Ltd
John Littlewood Former Group Director, S G Warburg
John Marks Director, Educational Research Trust
John Taylor Chairman Taylors Bulbs
John W Leavesley Director, The Leavesley Group
John Wilford Managing Director, Rave Communications Ltd
Jonathan Bass Managing Director, Incentivated Ltd
Jonathan Hodge Managing Director, Carlyle Trust
Keith Boyfield Keith Boyfield Associates
Keith Hodgkinson Chief Executive, Chloride
Keith Marsden Economic Consultant, United Nations
Kenneth Minogue London School of Economics
Kim Jaberi Chairman and Managing Director, Karins Group of Companies
Kit Hunter Gordon Managing Director, The Summit Group Ltd
Laurence Wilshere Managing Director, Quansboro Plastics Ltd
Lord Blackwell President, Blackwell Ltd
Lord Chadlington Group Chief Executive, Huntsworth Plc
Lord Derwent Deputy Chairman, Hutchison Whampoa (Europe) Ltd
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts Chairman, Nova Capital Management
Lord Kalms President, DSG International plc
Lord Pearson of Rannoch Chairman , PWS Holdings Ltd
Lord Salisbury
Lord Vinson Director, Fleming High Income Growth Trust plc
Malcolm H.D. McAlpine Director, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Malcolm Scott Chairman , Dunalastair Estates
Margot James European President, Ogilvy Healthworld UK Ltd
Mark Nicholson Associate Director, Fitch Ratings
Mark Weinberg President, St James Place Capital Plc
Martin McElwee Head of Research, Bow Group
Matthew Elliott Founder
Michael Ames Chairman, Crimson Ltd
Michael Bett Chairman, Micro Technology Plc
Michael Brent Managing Director, Trimite Ltd
Michael Cobham President, Cobham Aerospace
Michael Craig-Cooper Former Director, National Bank of Kuwait
Michael Heller Chairman, London & Associated Properties Plc
Michael Mander Former Chairman, Institute of Directors
Michael Miller Managing Director, Harris & Sheldon Group Ltd
Michael Webster Director, Gorkana Ltd
Mike Killingley Chairman, Beale plc
Neville Baxter Chairman, RH Freight Ltd
Nicholas Finney Chairman, Waterfront Partnership
Nick Markham Chief Operating Officer, Top Up TV Ltd
Nick Seaton Chairman, Campaign for Real Education
Nigel Mobbs Chairman, Slough Estates Plc
Oliver Wright Former Ambassador in Washington
Patrick Barbour Non Executive Director, Microgen plc
Patrick Evershed Chairman, New Star Fund Managers
Patrick Minford Professor of Applied Economics at the Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
Paul Carter Managing Director, Expocentric Ltd
Paul Weeks Managing Director, Wicken Fen Foods
Peter Baker The Front Bench Club
Peter Grant Non Executive Director, Cadogan Estates Ltd
Peter K Hargreaves CEO, Hargreaves Lansdown Plc
Peter Knight Chairman, Phoenix plc
Peter Linacre Chairman, Massive Ltd
Peter Morgan Former Director-General, Institute of Directors
Peter Shirley Managing Director, Midland Chilled Foods Ltd
Robert Diamond Chief Executive, Diametric Ltd
Robert Wickham Senior Partner, Ibbett, Moseley Group
Robin Clark Chairman Taylor Clark Plc
Rocco Forte Chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels
Roger Scruton Philosopher
Ronald Grierson Former Vice Chairman, GEG
Ronald Halstead President, Engineering Industries Assocation
Rupert Hambro Chairman, J O Hambro Ltd
Ruth Lea Economic Adviser at Arbuthnot Banking Group
Sara Pearson Chief Executive, The SPA Way Ltd
Saul Haydon Rowe Principal, Devon Capital LLP
Sean O'Brien Chairman, Telstar Music Group Ltd
Simon Camamile European Director, Jones LaSalle
Simon Hill Chief Executive, Letterstone plc
Stephen Catlin Chief Executive, Catlin Underwriting Agencies Limited
Stuart Lyons Chairman, The Wensum Company Plc
Stuart Wheeler Chairman, IG Group Plc
Tim Congdon
Tim Ingram Chief Executive, Caledonia Investments
Toby Baxendale Chairman and CEO, Seafood Holdings Ltd
Tom Cowie Life President, Arriva plc
Victoria Mitchell Consultant Director, Savills Plc
W T J Griffin Former Chairman, GT Management Plc
Walter Eltis Emeritus Fellow, Exeter College
William Hargreaves Joint Managing Director, Sisis Equipment
William S James LCF Rothschild Securities Ltd
Anthony Bamford Chairman, J C Bamford Excavators Ltd
Keith C. Miles

Actions

April, 2018

In an article for CapX, an analyst for the TaxPayers’ Alliance dismissed fossil fuel divestment as harmful to the taxpayer and ineffective. [9], [10]

April, 2017

The TaxPayers’ Alliance signed a letter published in The Telegraph calling for the removal of renewable energy subsidies by 2020 and the expansion of the shale gas industry, alongside other right wing think tanks also located in 55 Tufton Street. [11]

October, 2016

The TaxPayers’ Alliance attends the Conservative Party Conference, co-hosting a fringe event with American climate science denying pressure groups the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the Heritage Foundation. [12]

The event was aimed at promoting a new and ‘freer’ trade deal between the UK and US once the UK has left the European Union, and hints at what the groups may lobby the British government for in the future. [12]

August 2011

TaxPayers’ Alliance director Matthew Sinclair published the book Let Them Eat Carbon, claiming that climate policies in the UK are inefficient, and that money for such policies only funds special interests. [13]

Related Organizations

Early versions of the TaxPayers' Alliance website described it as an “'umbrella group' to a number of like minded organisations committed to lower taxes.” In 2008, those groups included Isitfair, Surrey Tax Action Group, Tax Relief, the Association for British Drivers, and Bruges Group. [14]

Member 2006 2008 2009 2010
Avanta (Supporter) Y
Harrow Council Tax Campaign Y Y Y
Is It Fair Y Y Y
NewbridgeMatters Y
Response2Route Y
Save Bathampton Meadows Y
Tax Relief Y Y Y Y
TaxpayerUK Y
The Association for British Drivers Y Y Y Y
The Bruges Group Y Y
The Drivers' Alliance Y Y
The No to the Bike Parking Tax Campaign Y Y
The Solihull Ratepayers Association Y Y
The Surrey Tax Action Group (STAG) Y Y Y Y
Traveltax Y

TaxPayers' Alliance shares an address with a range of think tanks occupying 55 Tufton Street. Resident groups include or have included:

Contact & Address [4]

TaxPayers' Alliance
55 Tufton St
London 
SW1P 3QL

Tel: 020 7998 1450
Media: 07795 084 113

Social Media

Resources

  1. Our history,” Taxpayers' Alliance. Archived January 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/z5QfK

  2. Matthew Elliott,” Brexit Central. Archived December 7, 2018. Archive.fo URK: https://archive.fo/83AO9

  3. Andrew Allum,” L.E.K. Archived January 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/jbtRJ

  4. Contact us,” TaxPayers' Alliance. Archived January 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/8OoGZ

  5. Policy victories,” TaxPayer's Alliance. Archived January 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/EKSyQ

  6. Beer Duty,” UK Parliament Hansard Volume 592 (Feb 5, 2015). Archived January 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/sxFuS

  7. “TaxPayers' Alliance Manifesto” (PDF)TaxPayers' Alliance. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  8. The TaxPayers' Alliance - About,” The TaxPayers' Alliance. Archived April 4, 2008. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/mPEm3

  9. Jan Zeber. “Divesting from oil companies is pointless posturing,” CAPX, April 23, 2018. Archived January 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/LPJqM

  10. Opinion: Divestment is Not Just 'Pointless Posturing', It Will Save Taxpayers Cash,” DeSmog, April 30, 2018.

  11. Kyla Mandel. “Brexit Climate Deniers Launch Coordinated Attack Against Green Regulations Ahead of Election,” DeSmog, May 1, 2017.

  12. Victoria Seabrook. “Climate Science Denying US Neocon Groups Promote ‘Simple’ and ‘Freer’ Trade with UK at Tory Party Conference,” DeSmog, October 5, 2016.

  13. Let Them Eat Carbon,” Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2011. Archived January 18, 2019. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/dwCoq

  14. Alliance Members,” The Taxpayers' Alliance. Archived March 28, 2008. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/vksTN

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