Jonathan Isaby was Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance between January 2014 and August 2016.
He joined the TPA in August 2011 as Political Director, in which capacity he oversaw a substantial increase in engagement with parliamentarians, government ministers and civil servants across Whitehall. Having made regular briefings for politicians across the political spectrum a staple of the TPA's work, our research now regularly gets cited in parliamentary debates, questions and even answers. He has also given written and oral evidence to House of Commons Select Committees and produced submissions for a variety of other inquiries and consultations. Organising face-to-face meetings with Cabinet and shadow cabinet ministers, as well as identifying backbenchers with whom the TPA could find common cause, Jonathan has ensured that the voice of the taxpayer is reverberating around the corridors of power more loudly than ever.
Drawing upon his considerable experience in the print, broadcast and online media, Jonathan has also played an important part in keeping journalists appraised of our work so that our messages are conveyed regularly and reliably to the wider public. Apart from frequent appearances on local, regional, national and international TV and radio, Jonathan also speaks regularly on university campuses and to other community and political groups around the country about the mission of the TPA. He has also deployed his linguistic skills to represent the organisation at events and meetings across Europe.
Jonathan studied Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of York, where he was deputy editor of the student newspaper, Vision, and played an active role in student politics. Upon his graduation in 1999, he joined the BBC as a political analyst in the corporation's busy Westminster newsroom, and four years later was recruited by the Daily Telegraph. He spent five years on the nation's best-selling daily broadsheet, latterly writing his own political column, as well as blogging about politics on the paper's website.
This precipitated his move to ConservativeHome.com, which he joined as Co-Editor in November 2008, making him the first journalist from a British national newspaper to leave the mainstream media to work full-time in the blogosphere. In March 2010 he became the first professional “blogger” to be accredited with a Lobby pass by the House of Commons authorities.
Jonathan helped research Dean Godson’s acclaimed biography of David Trimble, Himself Alone, and his own first book – Boris v Ken: How Boris Johnson Won London, co-written with Giles Edwards – was published in June 2008.
Away from the working arena, Jonathan is married with a young son. He is a devoted fan of Coronation Street and enjoys listening to an eclectic mix of music: he owns every single Now That's What I Call Music! album and his complete collection once saw him make an unlikely appearance on page three of The Sun.