Matthew Elliott founded Big Brother Watch in 2009, in response to the prevailing climate of authoritarian and intrusive policies being pursued by the British state.
Under his leadership, Big Brother Watch has become one of the highest-profile commentators on privacy and civil liberties in the UK. This success has continued under the Coalition.
In 2010 Matthew was described by the BBC as “one of the most effective lobbyists at Westminster” and he was ranked by Total Politics as one of the top 25 political influencers in the UK. Matthew led the successful NO to AV campaign in May 2011, achieving an emphatic victory. Matthew has written four books on public spending and is a Fellow of the RSA.
He also founded the TaxPayers’ Alliance in 2004 as a non-partisan grassroots campaign for lower taxes and better public spending, which the Guardian hailed as “arguably the most influential pressure group in the country.”