TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Lib Dem election manifesto

For immediate release

Responding to the Liberal Democrat election manifesto, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“The Lib Dem manifesto offers warm words on balancing the books and bringing down personal taxes, but beneath the headlines, there’s little to cheer for taxpayers. 

“Reforms to IR35 rules offer a glimmer of hope in a manifesto otherwise dominated by a host of spending commitments and tax rises in other areas. Meanwhile, targeting capital gains tax risks damaging investment and harming growth at the worst possible time.

“Whilst voters may applaud Ed Davey’s goals for the NHS, the Liberal Democrat proposals offer little in terms of the fundamental reform it needs. Bold pledges may make for good soundbites, but patients will expect to see any extra money deliver results and value for money.

“The Liberal Democrats might know where to make spending pledges to appeal to voters, but taxpayers will know that policies have a price tag and will want to know that they won’t be left worse off.”

TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contact:

Joanna Marchong
Investigations Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.
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