Last year ConservativeHome readers voted The TaxPayers’ Alliance the ‘One To Watch’ in the first Conservative Movement Awards. It’s certainly been a good year for the TPA. Its long campaign for the abolition of inheritance tax has been taken up to a large extent by the Conservatives (and to a lesser extent by Labour). Last night – at the Stockholm Network’s Golden Umbrella awards – the TPA won the Innovator of the Year accolade. An analysis of media hits for September, October and November 2007 (based on a UK search of Factiva) also suggests that the TPA is top of the London think tank league although media hits is only one (probably over-rated) measure of a think tank’s impact.
All of the major centre right think tanks’ media hits are listed in the graphic on the right.
The TPA achieved 133 media hits (not broadcast media) in November. That compares with the 341 for George Osborne, 165 for William Hague and the 125 for Michael Gove in Iain Dale’s ‘Media Tarts’ list.