He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, Britain’s leading centre left think tank, between 1999 and 2003. During that time, the Institute tripled in size to become the largest independent public policy think tank in Europe.
Until December 1998, Matthew was Assistant General Secretary for the Labour Party. During the 1997 General Election he was Labour’s Director of Policy and a member of the Party’s central election strategy team.
Matthew’s activities before joining the staff of the Labour Party in 1994 included being a county councillor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research fellow and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the health service.
He has written numerous articles, frequently appears on television and co-authored a book ‘What are children for?’ with his father, Laurie Taylor