Robert Oxley

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Robert Oxley became special adviser to Priti Patel, secretary of state at the Department for International Development mid 2016.

Like Patel, he campaigned to leave the EU. He has also been a vocal critic of the UK’s aid spending target in his previous role at the TaxPayers’ Alliance.[1] Oxley has also criticised the “unaccountable, bureaucratic and wasteful industry that has grown up around spending taxpayers’ money on international aid”.


Oxley was previously Head of Media of the pro-Brexit campaign, Vote Leave (Sept 2015 – July 2016)

Prior to that Oxley was Campaign Director at Business for Britain (April 2014 – Sept 2015) and before that at The TaxPayers' Alliance (Aug 2011 – Feb 2014).[2]


  1. Critic of UK aid spending target to be Priti Patel's new special adviser, Guardian, 9 August 2016
  2. Robert Oxley, Linkedin Profile, accessed June 2017