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Right of Centre
Political links: Known as David Cameron’s favourite think thank. Also labelled as a “neo-con attack dog”.
Brown opens new party funding row over think-tanks 24 Jan 2008
Director: Anthony Browne, former Times journalist.
Aims: to look for local and free market solutions to public policy.
Most recent annual turnover: £1.7 million.
Funding sources: foundations, individuals, businesses, trusts.
Political links. Good relations with Tories. Nick Herbert, Shadow Justice Secretary helped set it up.
Director: Andrew Haldenby, former head of political section, Conservative Research Department.
Aims: to advance free market ideas and show that reform, as opposed to more spending, is the way to improve public services.
Most recent annual turnover: £550,000.
Funding sources: businesses, individuals and philanthropists.
Centre for Policy Studies
Political Links: Established by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph to champion economic liberalism in Britain.
Status. Private company.
Director: Jill Kirby.
Aims: the promote the case for small, less intrusive government with greater freedom and responsibility for individuals, familes businesses and voluntary organizations.
Most recent annual turnover: approx £500,000.
Funding sources: Individual and business donations and membership fees.
Political links. Eurosceptic, attracts support of MPs from all three main parties. Runs the “I Want A Referendum” campaign on EU constitution.
Status: Non-charitable, independent campaign group.
Director: Neil O’Brien.
Aims: Argue for a looser, more flexible European Union and against ever closer Union.
Most recent annual turnover: not disclosed.
Funding sources: individual donations and gifts from individuals in business.
Tax Payers’ Alliance
Political links: Non-politically alligned, but closer to the political philosophies of Tory Right
Status: Not for profit, non-partisan campaigning organization.
Director: (Chief Executive) Matthew Elliott .
Aims: to push for better government and lower taxes.
Most recent annual turnover: £300,000.
Funding sources: 16,000 grass roots supporters, many of them businessmen, and philanthropists.
Political links. Independent, non-partisan.
Director: David Green.
Aims: to promote the institutions of civil society as alternatives to either political or market activity.
Most recent annual turnover: £704,000.
Funding sources: individual donations, grant making trusts and corporate donations.
Left of Centre
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Political links: Indepedenent, but known as training ground for many of Labour’s special advisers. Credited with developing Labour’s policies on New Deal and Child Trust Funds.
Co-Directors: Lisa Harker and Carey Oppenheim.
Aims: To develop fresh ideas on how to deliver a just, democratic, sustainable world.
Most recent annual turnover: Approx £4 million.
Funding sources: businesses, charitable trusts, unions and trade bodies.
Political links: Once the theoritical journal of the Communist Party of Great Britain, seen as close to Tony Blair before 1997 general election. Works with number of government departments, public sector agencies and charities.
Aims: Multi-purpose think tank aimed at increasing effectiveness of all policy making.
Director: Catherine Fieschi.
Most recent annual turnover: £2million.
Funding sources: Businesses, government agencies and international bodies.
Political links: Pressure group which serves as a melting pot for the “progressive” Left of the Labour Party. Organises high profile summer conference, attended by Labour Cabinet ministers.
Status: Not-for-profit campaign group.
Director: (chair) Neal Lawson.
Aims: to campaign for a more equal, democratic society.
Most recent annual turnover: £200,000.
Funding sources: from membership, trades unions and trusts.
Political links: Close to Gordon Brown, held over 160 meetings at 11 Downing Street since 1997, employed adviser Ed Balls as paid research fellow before he became an MP in 2005
Status: Education and research charity
Director: Wilf Stevenson. Gordon Brown was his best man at his wedding.
Aims: “to identify where the most relevant and recent research is being undertaken on a particular topic and then present it in a seminar series attended by ministers, backbenchers, special advisers, civil servants, business and industrial leaders and specialists”
Most recent annual turnover: £483,000.
Funding sources: £12,000 from members; £470,000 from donations, including companies and organisations.
Political Links: Historic socialist movement, which predates the founding of the Labour Party. The Fabian Society Tax Commission in 2000 was credited with influencing Labour to increase taxes to pay for public services.
Status: Non-charitable membership organisation.
Director: Sunder Katwala.
Aims: to shape future ideas and policies.
Most recent annual turnover: approximately £800,000.
Funding. 7,000 individual membership subscriptions, research grants from charitable trusts and sponsorship.
Social Market Foundation
Political Links: Set up by supporters of David Owen after the collapse of the Social Democratic Party in the late 1980s. Later cited as John Major’s favourite think tank, but now seen as closer to Labour.
Director: Ann Rossiter.
Aims: to explore the balance between the role of the state and the role of markets to the benefits of individuals and society as a whole.
Most recent annual turnover: £711,000.
Funding sources. Sponsorship of events and publications by businesses, charities and other not-for-profit organisations.