Douglas Carswell

President & CEO

Douglas Carswell was appointed President & CEO of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy in January 2021.

A Member of Parliament in Britain for twelve years, Douglas was re-elected every time he stood, and in 2014 achieved one of the largest swings in any election in British history.

Douglas co-founded Vote Leave, the official campaign that won the Brexit referendum in Britain. Instrumental in helping ensure that a Brexit referendum was held and won, he switched parties and forced a by-election to help put the issue at the top of the political agenda.

Douglas has served as an advisor to the UK government on trade as a non-executive director at the Department of International Trade. He believes that free trade helps drive human progress.

Personally inspired by Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman when growing up, Douglas is knowledgeable and passionate about free-markets and individual liberty. He is the author of four books, as well as numerous papers and articles for leading free market think tanks.

A Fellow of the John Locke Institute, Douglas sits on the Advisory Council of one of Britain’s leading think tanks, the Institute of Economic Affairs, which has published works by no less than twelve Nobel Prize laureates.

Douglas received a BA (Hons) degree in history at the University of East Anglia, before reading for his Masters’ degree at King’s College, University of London.

Douglas enjoys tennis and gardening. He is married to Clementine, and they have a young daughter, Kitty (and Crumble, the dog).