Kitty Ussher is an economist and former Government Minister. She was the MP for Burnley from 2005 to 2010 and held ministerial posts in the Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions, including Economic Secretary to the Treasury.
Since stepping down from Parliament in 2010, Kitty has devised and managed public policy research projects, first as chief economist and director of Demos and then on a freelance basis for the Smith Institute, the Centre for London and the Social Market Foundation, among others. She is Chief Economics Advisor to Portland Communications and a member of The CityUK’s Independent Economists’ Group.
Prior to entering parliament Kitty Ussher worked as an Economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit. She holds an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a degree in Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford.
In 2013, Kitty Ussher set up Tooley Street Research to grow an independent public policy research company. She is also a regular contributor to BBC Today programme and Newsnight.