Robert Oxley

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Robert Oxley was appointed a special adviser in mid-2016 to Priti Patel, the former secretary of state at the Department for International Development.

Like Patel, he had 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