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

Since taking on the role, Douglas has helped secure:

  • The largest tax cut in Mississippi history, with the state income tax slashed to a flat 4 percent.
  • A universal occupational licensing law, making it easier for people to find work in Mississippi.
  • A law to combat Critical Race theory which prevents public money being used to divide America.

Previously a Member of the British Parliament, Douglas co-founded Vote Leave, the official campaign that won the Brexit referendum. He played a pivotal role in securing the Brexit vote in the first place, changing parties and calling a Special Election on himself in 2014 (which he won with the largest increase in voter share in any election in British history).

In 2022, the State Policy Network awarded the Mississippi Center for Public Policy the “Biggest Win for Freedom” Award for securing historic tax cuts.

Douglas was twice voted a Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year in Britain.

A non-executive director at the UK Department of International Trade since 2020, during that time the UK has successfully secured multiple free trade agreements around the world.

Douglas sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs, a think tank that has published works by no less than twelve Nobel Prize laureates. Douglas has published multiple policy papers in his own name.

Douglas has appeared regularly on Fox News, the Ben Shapiro Show and local television and radio shows across Mississippi. The author of four books, Douglas has been invited to speak to young audiences from Oxford, England to Oxford, Mississippi.

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

Raised in Uganda, Douglas is now settled in Mississippi, with his wife Clementine, young daughter Kitty - and Crumble, the dog.


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