Matthew Elliott

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Matthew Elliott is a lobbyist, campaigner and political strategist. He is on the advisory council of the European Foundation and the Young Briton's Foundation, and on the advisory committee of the New Culture Forum.

Former head of the Vote Leave campaign group, is also the co-founder and former CEO of the TaxPayers' Alliance, and now works as editor-at-large of Brexit Central, both organisations which work out of the infamous 55 Tufton Street. Elliott is also a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute, another free-market think tank which has provided extensive advice to the govt on Brexit issues. ref See also DeSmog

AV Referendum: "A year earlier, Elliott had run the winning "No" side of the referendum on the alternative vote with a message that had impressed Daniel Hannan with its bloody-mindedness. Rather than engaging with the principles at stake, Elliott had focused on the cost of changing the voting system – an impressive-sounding £250m – and sent dustbin trucks apparently heaped with money through the streets of Westminster." Behind in the polls at the start, "No to A/V" won with 67% of the vote.ref

Matthew Jim Elliott FRSA (born 12 February 1978[2]) is a British political strategist and lobbyist who has served as the chief executive of a number of organisations and been involved in various successful referendum campaigns, including Vote Leave.

Elliot was the founder and has served as chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance in 2004, Big Brother Watch and Business for Britain. In 2012, he was also a founding member of Conservative Friends of Russia.[3] According to New Statesman, "Elliott did attend a Conservative Friends of Russia reception in 2012 and a 10-day trip to the country, but said he had no further involvement."[1]

He has also seen success as a political strategist, acting as campaign director for the successful NOtoAV campaign in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum. In 2015, Elliot became the chief executive of Vote Leave, the official organisation advocating for a 'leave' vote in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum. He was described as " of the most successful political campaigners in Westminster today." [4]


  • 2017: he was forced to repay a £50,000 grant from PERT which he had used to produce an anti-EU report, following an investigation by the Charity Commission.
  • Elliott was also a partner at technology firm Awareness Analytics Partners (A2P) who describe themselves as “experts in understanding and utilizing influence, enhancing online messaging and delivering groundbreaking social media advertising results.” A2P says: “We map the networks of your most engaged audience members and then micro-target your ads to the people most likely to take your desired action.” The firm says it has a database of 115 million social profiles which it uses to identify “networks and people” who share particular attitudes and attributes.[17] Awareness Analytics Partners, through its founding partner Sean Noble, has ties to the Koch-funded network of think tanks and charitable foundations promoting free market economic policies and climate science denial. A 2014 investigation by ProPublica found that Noble had been employed as a consultant by the Koch brothers to distribute political donations to conservative causes in the 2010 and 2012 US elections. [17], [33]
  • 2016: Vote Leave: chief executive of the campaign in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.
  • ?date?: BrexitCentral: non-executive Editor-at-Large.
  • 2013: Business for Britain: founded.
  • 2011: NOtoAV: led the campaign in the referendum on changing Britain’s voting system.
  • 2009: The Great European Rip-off: How the Corrupt, Wasteful EU is Taking Control of Our Lives, co-authored with David Craig; critical of the EU's push for climate regulation.
  • ?date?: Legatum Institute: a senior fellow for the year following the EU referendum.
  • 2004: Royal Society of Arts: elected a fellow.
  • 2004: TaxPayers' Alliance: founder and chief executive. formed in 2004 to campaign for a low tax society. OpenCorporates-sm.svg
  • 2000: The European Foundation: began his career as a press officer.
  • BSc in Government, London School of Economics.“LSE Economics Alumni Group - In Conversation with Matthew Elliott,” LSE Alumni. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
  • 2009: Big Brother Watch founded.