TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Starmer’s first speech as prime minister

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Responding to Sir Keir Starmer’s first speech as prime minister, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Labour enters office with a record high tax burden pumping hundreds of billions into the exchequer for Sir Keir Starmer and his ministers to deliver the services that the British people deserve. There will be no excuses for failure.

“But with families and businesses already coughing up more than their budgets can handle, the priority for every part of government from Whitehall to town halls has to be spending every penny as efficiently and effectively as possible, while avoiding tax rises. The new government must also seriously consider cutting or abolishing some of the more pernicious, distortionary and growth-harming taxes, such as stamp duty.

“Sir Keir Starmer will be judged by taxpayers on whether the precious resources they provide are used to fund frontline services, rather than being wasted thanks to sheer incompetence or on dangerous attempts at social engineering.”

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

Media contact:

Elliot Keck
Head of Campaigns, 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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