Matthew Taylor (Labour politician)

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Matthew Taylor (born 5 December 1960) has been Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in the United Kingdom since 2006.


Taylor is the only son of the sociologist and broadcaster Laurie Taylor and the historian Jennie Howells. He was educated at Emanuel School, the University of Southampton and University of Warwick.


Taylor became a Labour Party Warwickshire county councillor, and unsuccessfully sought to become the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington in the 1992 general election. In 1994 he was put in charge of the Labour Party's rebuttal operation, becoming a Campaign Co-ordinator and Director of Policy during the 1997 general election. He helped to write the Labour Party manifesto, the pledge-card, and developed Excalibur, a rapid rebuttal database for use against the Conservative Party. Taylor became Assistant General Secretary of the Labour Party under Margaret McDonagh, but after clashes with her left in December 1998.

Between 1999 and 2003 Taylor was the Director of the left wing think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, and in 2005 the Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed him head of the Number 10 Policy Unit,[1] giving him the task of drawing up the Labour Party's manifesto for the May 2005 general election. Following the re-election of the Labour government he became Chief Adviser on Strategy to the Prime Minister. Taylor was involved in several initiatives to engage the public with the political process, and played a key role in developing the Labour Party's "Big Conversation" discussion forums. He left in 2006.


  1. ^ "The New Statesman Profile - Matthew Taylor". New Statesman. 2001-05-28. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 

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