Brexit boss and five Cabinet ministers back new hard-right, low-tax Tory group


The Brexit campaign mastermind is backing the latest hard-right, low-tax Tory group aimed at piling pressure on Boris Johnson.

Veteran political campaigner Matthew Elliott, who was behind the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Business for Britain and was chief executive of Vote Leave, will sit on the advisory board of the Free Market Forum.

The group launches today and has already recruited scores of Conservative MPs, including five Cabinet ministers: Home Secretary Priti Patel, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey and Scottish Secretary Alister Jack.

The FMF is aligned with free-market think-tank the Institute for Economic Affairs.



He was chief executive of Vote Leave, which persuaded Britain to quit the EU

Reclaiming liberties which were curtailed during various coronavirus lockdowns will be a crucial driver of the Forum, which plans to pressure No10 into permanently restoring freedoms.

It said it “aims to refocus the political debate, shifting attention towards free enterprise and social freedom after a year of unavoidable yet time-limited state intervention in the economy and our everyday lives”.

It claimed: “The initiative plans to release quarterly essay collections written by parliamentary supporters on the biggest policy challenges facing the UK, host regular public events and podcasts, and offer a reinvigorated defence of the free-market ideas which have historically contributed to an increase in living standards and lifted millions of people out of poverty”.

The caucus features 19 Conservative MPs first elected in the 2019 Tory landslide, including key Red Wall MPs such as Bishop Auckland’s Dehenna Davison, Redcar’s Jacob Young and Stoke-on-Trent North backbencher Jonathan Gullis.

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Dehenna Davison co-chairs the new caucus

Ms Davison, who co-chairs the group, said: “The last year has been an incredibly difficult one for everyone and the Government has had to take decisions – particularly on spending and peoples’ liberties – that it would never have contemplated in normal times.

“We intend to help make the case for a return to a smaller state and lower taxes as soon as possible, as well as helping people reclaim their individual freedoms.”





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