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Timothy Cox – Contributor


Timothy Cox works on the Trade and Development projects at International Policy Network, London. Born and raised in God’s County of Norfolk, he is currently reading a Masters in African Politics at SOAS and has worked for Norman Lamb MP in Westminster.

Angela Harbutt – Director

Angela worked in the television broadcast industry for twenty years. Her involvement with the Liberal Democrats began in 2005 when she was asked to assist the Party in updating its Press Office Operation.She has been a member of the Liberal Democrats since, and in 2006 worked for Ming Campbell’s office assisting in media activities involving the Leader of the Party. Across 2012 and 2013 Angela worked on the Forest campaign Handsoffourpacks opposing the introduction plain packaging of tobacco.

Julian Harris

Julian is an economics reporter for the London newspaper City AM.

Following a Masters degree in Public Policy from University College London, Julian worked at the Institute for Philanthropy and GuideStar UK, and later joined International Policy Network, where he focused on health and international development issues. While there he added the position of Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the University of Illinois to his academic record.

As a media commentator, he has appeared on programmes such as Newsnight, the Daily Politics, BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze, and several BBC 5 Live programmes. His opinions have been published internationally, in newspapers such as The Times, The Australian, Wall Street Journal (Europe), Sunday Telegraph, Business Day (South Africa), South China Morning Post, Business Daily (Kenya) and Financial Express (India).

Andrew Mayer – Advisor

Andy is a Liberal Democrat member based in Bermondsey and was formerly the Director of Liberal Future, set up the Liberal Democrat Young Professional Network (now Connect), Liberty Research the party polling engine, and has contributed to a number of policy groups. Outside the party he set up, the Euro Information Network and was Chair of the Young European Movement. He has been the Director of a community housing board, and is currently a school governor. Professionally he has worked for a number of the world’s largest companies in political and strategic communications roles.

Tom Papworth – Contributor

Tom Papworth is a Liberal Democrat councillor for Crystal Palace in the London Borough of Bromley, a professional policy analyst and freelance writer. He is a fellow of the Adam Smith Institute and works as a consultant at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Tom has previously worked for the leading International Security think tanks in the UK and Sweden, was a Cabinet Office civil servant, and for the past five years has been analysing and delivering policy in education and development.


Barry Stocker – Contributorbarry

A party member since 1990, Barry was active in the Liberal Democrats in Brighton and London before migrating to Istanbul where he teaches philosophy at a leading university by the Bosphorus.

Amongst other areas of philosophy, he teaches, supervises graduate research, and publishes, in the field of political theory. His thoughts about political theory, politics and other things, can be found here and on his other blog, Stockerblog.