TPA responds to Theresa May's Conference Speech


Responding to Theresa May's 2018 Conservative Party Conference Speech, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"The Prime Minister has rightly talked a lot about creating opportunities and she passionately championed freedom and free markets in her speech, so let's hope that we see the government ignore the seemingly daily calls for new bans, interventions and regulations.

"She rightly praised businesses for their essential role in the country of creating jobs, boosting the economy and improving living standards. Now that the Prime Minister has pledged to defend capitalism and promote freedom, let's hope next month's Budget delivers for families and businesses.

"Taxpayers will certainly be thankful for the freeze in fuel duty, keeping prices down so motorists can keep more of their hard-earned money. For millions of people, a car isn't a luxury - it's a normal part of day-to-day life, so this freeze is a little bit of good news for those who need the car for the weekly shop and to pick up the kids from school. 

"But the UK's tax burden is at a 49-year high, so the answer to socialism clearly isn't higher taxes. Taxpayers and businesses are desperate for the opportunity to earn and spend their own money, to reap the rewards of their hard work and success, and for the government to get out of the way and allow them to flourish.

"A competitive, pro-freedom, low tax economic plan would create those opportunities that Brexit Britain needs."

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Media contact:

James Price

Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
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24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, and now with 80,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, reduce spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at

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