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The Freedom Association
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Founders Viscount De L'Isle, Norris McWhirter, Ross McWhirter and John Gouriet
Type Pressure group
Founded 1975
Headquarters Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Staff Christopher Gill RD (President)
Vladimir Bukovsky (Vice-President)
Management Committee
Roger Helmer MEP (Chairman)
Professor Antony Flew (Treasurer)
TFA Council
The Rt. Hon. Sir Rhodes Boyson
Christopher Chope OBE MP
Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox
Philip Davies MP
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt, OBE, PM
Teresa Gorman
Daniel Hannan MEP
Gerald Howarth MP
Professor Patrick Minford CBE, PhD
Malcolm Pearson, Baron Pearson of Rannoch
Andrew Roberts
Andrew Rosindell MP
David Stoddart, Baron Stoddart of Swindon
Walter Sweeney
Jillian Becker
Focus Conservatism, libertarianism, euroscepticism
Motto For Freedom

The Freedom Association is a free market libertarian pressure group pledged to support individual freedom in the United Kingdom. The group has no formal affiliations with any political party but historically many members of the TFA have also been associated with the Conservative Party.



The Freedom Association was founded in 1975 as the National Association for Freedom by the Viscount De L'Isle, Norris McWhirter, Ross McWhirter (murdered by the IRA in the same year) and John Gouriet [1].

Core Principles

The Freedom Association has seven core principles:[2]


The present Hon. Chairman of the TFA is Conservative MEP Roger Helmer. Hon Secretary is Tony Hilder. Director is Simon Richards.[3].


During the 1970s the power of the UK trade union movement was considered by some to be excessive and out of control. Soon after its formation the National Association for Freedom as the TFA was then known became involved in a number of industrial disputes providing support to both employers and non-unionised workers to counter to the power of the Trades Unions. The best known of these actions was Operation Pony Express during the Grunwick dispute[1]. Following the election of the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher in 1979 the TFA became more low-profile.

More recently the group has campaigned against ID cards and the UK's membership of the EU. The TFA also claims to speak out in defence of free speech and civil liberties. In April 2006 The Freedom Association launched Better Off Out -- a high profile campaign for the UK to leave the EU. This has attracted the support of a number of MPs, MEPs and Peers [4].


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