Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Pressure mounts for Tory backer to reveal tax status

From The Scotsman:

"The wealthy Tory (British Conservative Party) backer Lord Ashcroft, right, is under renewed pressure to disclose whether he pays taxes in the UK after the Information Commissioner ruled there was a "legitimate interest" for the public to know. The commissioner, Christopher Graham, gave the Cabinet Office 35 days to release the full details of the undertaking Lord Ashcroft gave concerning his tax status when he was made a Conservative life peer in 2000."

This grilling here shows the importance attached to the Belize-focused businessman.

We're also pleased to see this, from The Guardian:

"News of a referendum on electoral reform emerged along with action to clamp down on MPs and peers sitting in parliament who do not pay tax in the UK. The government is poised to pass legislation banning the practice and all MPs and Lords last night received a letter informing them that they will have three months to comply once the bill receives royal assent."

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