The Institute of Economic Affairs has chosen Allister Heath, the editor of City A.M., as the winner of the 2011 IEA Free Enterprise Award.
The award is given to the person judged to have made the greatest contribution to the market economy, and Heath joins an illustrious list of winners. First awarded in 1975, previous recipients include Margaret Thatcher, Richard Branson and Nigel Lawson.
A panel of judges – comprising journalists, businessmen, MPs and IEA trustees – praised Heath for the lucidity and relevance of his daily editorials, his stewardship of the paper and his eloquent and continuing advocacy of free-market thinking.
Philip Booth, Editorial Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs said:
“The judges saw Allister as a clear winner of this year’s prize, despite strong competition from both home and abroad. His stewardship of City A.M. has been outstanding. And his daily leaders have become a must-read in Westminster, the City and beyond. They stand as a beacon of clarity and sound economic thinking, challenging the Keynesian orthodoxy of much of the media."
Allister Heath is Editor of City A.M., the daily business newspaper distributed in and around London and digitally.