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5 November 2014 | UK 2020 LAUNCH
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UK 2020 LAUNCHED IN WESTMINSTER LAST NIGHT
Friends from the House of Lords, House of Commons, government departments, think tanks, media and foundations joined Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP for the launch of his new think tank UK 2020 last night.

Owen Paterson said UK 2020 would research robust, optimistic, common-sense policies and wouldn't shy away from tackling difficult issues. In a short speech to guests, he said, "I want to make a few simple comments about the one subject we cannot ignore, the one thing upon which everything else depends, and that is the economy."
Daily Mail, 4 November, 2014 "Tories must lift the 40p tax threshold further and faster" by James Chapman
  • Owen Paterson said the Government should promise more tax reductions
  • Said it was 'irresponsible and immoral' for Britain to borrow at current rates
  • Country borrows '£200,000-a-minute' by spending more than what is raised
UK 2020 Launch Speech, "The Deficit", 4 November 2014

"The brutal fact is that over the last forty years no British Government has ever managed to raise more than 39 per cent of national income in tax in a single year... But today, despite the best efforts of a Coalition government dedicated to eliminating the deficit and paying down national debt, public spending still soaks up 47.1 per cent of national output."
LAUNCH PHOTOS

Photos from the UK 2020 launch at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors on Parliament Square, London SW1 on 4 November 2014
Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP addresses audience (l) and takes questions, Bill Cash MP, Steve Baker MP (r)
Tim Montgomerie of The Times (l) and Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP and Matt Ridley (r)
Charles Moore and other guests (l) while Adam Adam Afriyie MP asks a question from the audience (r)

INTRODUCING CHRIS BULLIVANT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
We are delighted to announce that Chris Bullivant has joined UK 2020 as our Executive Director. Chris recently returned from three years in Washington DC, where he worked primarily in international development.

Chris was  previously a Director of the Centre for Social Justice, the think tank established by Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, from 2006 - 2011.
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