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We are delivering our latest newsletter in Middlewich over the next week. On Saturday 23rd April we are finishing off what has not been done. Please spread the word to...

Launching Labour’s Tax Transparency Enforcement Programme, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said:

“After a week of half-truths and spin from this government in the wake of the revelations in the Panama Papers leak, it’s time to clean out the tax havens with real government action.

“It should be a matter of shame to the British Government that more than half the companies recently named in the Panama Papers were registered in UK-governed tax havens.

“Not only has this Government impeded international efforts to crack down on tax avoidance and to tackle tax havens but senior figures are personally implicated in these immoral schemes.

“It is deeply concerning that our Prime Minister has still failed to clarify whether or not he or his family were benefiting directly or indirectly in 2013 when he was lobbying to prevent EU measures to better regulate trusts as a way to clamp down on tax avoidance.

“Labour’s Tax Transparency Enforcement Programme will stop the super rich hiding their wealth from legitimate taxes whilst the rest of us our told there is not enough money to pay for the public services we all rely on. No longer will the richest wilfully avoid paying their fair share while disabled people have their support to live independently brutally cut.

“Under this government there has been one rule for the rich and another for the rest of us. Tax haven corruption is not just a tax issue - it drives at the very heart of our democracy and its credibility. We risk eroding public trust in our democracy if we do not tackle the issue head on.

"Only Labour has a comprehensive plan to restore transparency to our tax system.

“Labour under Jeremy Corbyn will stand up for tax payers. We will end the era of government turning a blind eye to the scandal of tax avoidance and work in partnership with leading tax experts to root it out. We’re going to close down the havens and close the loopholes.

“These sorts of schemes fund terrorism and launder criminals’ money. It’s not just about tax avoidance. It’s an issue of basic morality and national security to take on this sort of behaviour.

“This has been a crisis at the heart of the Tory party that has descended into a scandal  of national proportions due to a Prime Minister who can’t be straight with the public. What we need now is a straight forward and honest approach as Labour are laying out today.”

Labour launches Tax Transparency Enforcement Programme

Launching Labour’s Tax Transparency Enforcement Programme, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said: “After a week of half-truths and spin from this government in the wake of the revelations in the Panama...

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, commenting on analysis published by the Women’s Budget Group today, which shows female lone parents and single female pensioners will, on average, have seen their living standards fall by 20 per cent annually by 2020, said:

“Women have now borne a staggering 86 per cent of the cost of changes and cuts to taxes, tax credits and benefits since 2010, yet this Tory Government continues to refuse to conduct a proper gender impact analysis of its policies. The disproportionate impact on women gets worse and worse with every spending announcement.

“George Osborne has turned the clock back on women’s economic independence and equality. The Government must listen to Labour’s calls to conduct an urgent cumulative impact assessment of the Government’s policies on women and protected groups since 2010 and explain how they will reverse the damaging impact of their policies on women.”

Osborne has turned the clock back on women’s economic independence & equality

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, commenting on analysis published by the Women’s Budget Group today, which shows female lone parents and single female pensioners will,...

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“It is now clear that the Prime Minister has misled the public about his personal involvement in offshore tax avoidance schemes. It took five weasel-worded statements in five days for the Prime Minister to admit that he has personally profited from an undeclared Caribbean tax haven investment deal.

“After years of calling for tax transparency and attacking complex offshore tax arrangements as “morally wrong”, the Prime Minister has been shown to have personally benefited from exactly such a secretive offshore investment.

“His determination to conceal that arrangement over many years raises serious questions over public trust in his office and his willingness to be straight with the public. It is extraordinary that after pocketing the profits from his offshore investment trust, the Prime Minister was lobbying the European Union against transparency in the ownership of trusts.

“Once again the message has gone out that there is one rule for the wealthy and another for the rest of us. Dodging taxes is a moral issue. It is taking money for schools and hospitals out of the pockets of working people.

“But the revelations of industrial scale tax dodging and corruption from Panama haven’t just raised issues about the Prime Minister’s personal integrity. They also highlight his Government’s failure to take decisive action to crack down on tax avoidance and evasion.

“Government connivance with tax havens and refusal to take serious action against tax avoidance and evasion is sucking tax revenues from our public finances. Tolerance of tax avoidance and tax havens, and inaction on tax evasion, is denying funds to the public purse and leads directly to cuts in services and benefits that are hurting millions of people in Britain.

“The Prime Minister has lost the trust of the British people. He must now give a full account of all his private financial dealings and make a statement to Parliament next week. Only complete openness from the Prime Minister, and decisive action against tax avoidance and evasion, can now deal with the issues at the heart of this scandal.”

Clear that the PM has misled public about his personal involvement in offshore tax avoidance schemes

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: “It is now clear that the Prime Minister has misled the public about his personal involvement in offshore tax avoidance schemes....

Concerns have been expressed over the departures of several senior members of staff at Cheshire East Council. The Director of Adult Social Care, the Director of Economic Growth & Prosperity, the Head of Legal Services (and monitoring officer), the Head of Corporate Resource and Stewardship and the Business Manager (formerly Head of Commercial Strategy, Business Innovation, and Performance and also formerly Internal Audit Manager) have all left or are leaving the Council.

Several of the staff who have left were awarded large pay rises under the previous leadership.

The departure of the monitoring officer, the most senior legal officer at the Council, must cause concerns, particularly as her departure comes only weeks after she was controversially awarded a 20% pay rise. Since it was formed 6 years ago, Cheshire East Council has had 5 different monitoring officers – with 4 of those leaving since Cllr Michael Jones became Leader of the Council.

 

Councillor Sam Corcoran said, “In July 2015 I argued that money is not the best way to motivate senior staff and argued that the Council shouldn’t be using money to try to buy loyalty. The Conservative leadership pressed ahead with big pay rises for senior staff, but simply increasing pay has not been sufficient to retain some senior staff. I think Cheshire East is a great place to live and work - we should not be competing on price. We should be competing on quality of life and job satisfaction.”

Councillor Nick Mannion said, “Labour Councillors have repeatedly raised concerns about the culture at Cheshire East Council and its impact on staff. After the departure of Michael Jones it was hoped that the culture of the organisation would be addressed, but the level of staff turnover suggests that the problems have not been resolved.”

More senior officers depart from Cheshire East Council

Concerns have been expressed over the departures of several senior members of staff at Cheshire East Council. The Director of Adult Social Care, the Director of Economic Growth & Prosperity,...

By Jess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley

David Cameron pays his taxes. What does he want, a round of applause? Tory MPs in defence of their premier last night took to Twitter to almost congratulate a man for saying he pays tax. What a guy, what a hero.

Am I missing something? Applauding such mediocrity seems unusual. Are we now to expect celebrations because he can tie his shoe laces or that he can grow hair. He's not a toddler, he's the sodding Prime Minister. Later I shall take to the streets of Yardley and hand out gold star stickers to all the people in the local Tesco, "well done Barbara, lovely tax-paying you did there while buying that curling iron, you really are a very good girl."

 

So David Cameron's dad didn't pay his fair share of taxes. The sins of Cameron's dad are not his fault. True, but the Government are no strangers to damning the children of people who they think aren't doing their bit for society. Barnardo's, the Child Poverty Action Group and many others have all said that the Conservative Welfare and Work Bill will make poor children poorer. Policies such as only paying tax credits to the first two children in a family directly penalise children for the decisions of their parents. So in Tory Britain poor kids are paying the price for the actions of their parents but David Cameron doesn't have to?

The Tories want taxpayers to hate people on benefits and be annoyed that we are paying for their lifestyle, I think it was IDS referred to as, "a direction which divides society". To use the words of the Prime Minister, 'let me be clear': The sins of Daddy Cameron were not illegal but they are utterly disgusting. They are worse than the sins of fathers up and down the country who can't find work, even the most feckless amongst them.

People who don't pay their taxes are robbing from us all. The Camerons may well have forked out for education and health services, but it was my money that trained the doctors, nurses and teachers they used. Without the taxpayer the posh who jump the queue would just be sitting in a rather nicely decorated room without the staff to actually deliver the service. Every time Cameron Snr drove his car on a public highway, every time he could see on the street because of a streetlight, every day when there was a pavement outside his house and a regular bin collection, he took money from you, the nation's honest taxpayers, without seeing fit to put his hand in his pocket. And while the Camerons had a bob or two I doubt very much they funded their own private police force and army. I mean the Eton set are a bit old fashioned but think the acts of livery and maintenance is a step to far even for them. So they got the security we all enjoy but it was you footing the bill, not daddy darling.

What makes it worse is that they got the best of everything while you paid the tab. They reaped the benefits of your hard toil, and because they had money to spare they got the best education, smaller class sizes, better service. Their kids got privilege that you paid for but never benefited from.

So David Cameron doesn't need our praise for paying his tax. He's not a very clever boy, he's a very average boy who used privilege rather than brains to get where he got. Perhaps we could all buy our babies a better life if only we weren't burdened with being decent human beings

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit of the Law

By Jess Phillips Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley David Cameron pays his taxes. What does he want, a round of applause? Tory MPs in defence of their premier last night...

Labour Members of Parliament have raised the issues facing the steel industry 203 times in Parliament since the General Election

Labour Members of Parliament have secured 8 debates to raise the issues facing the steel industry in Parliament since the General Election

Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, commenting on the figures, said:

“The perfect storm threatening the future of steel industry in the UK didn’t appear out of nowhere, it’s been brewing for many months. Labour has raised the serious issues facing the steel industry time and again, yet the Tory Government have failed to take the necessary action to avert the crisis.

"As the crisis escalated, trade union representatives and the local Labour Member of Parliament were in Mumbai fighting for the future of the industry. But the Tory Government was missing in action; the Prime Minister was on holiday, the Chancellor was keeping his head down after his disastrous budget, and the Business Secretary was at a black tie dinner in Australia extolling the virtues of the free market.

"Labour has consistently called for decisive action to help the steel industry and stand up for the livelihoods and life chances of those communities who depend on it. Labour has a four point plan to secure the future of the industry and have argued that Parliament should have been recalled to hold the Tory Government to account.

“The collapse of the steel industry would mean a £4.6bn cost to government over the next ten years, 40,000 jobs lost, and devastation for steel making communities. The Government can’t afford not to act.

“The steel industry is hanging by the thinnest of threads, the time for action from the Government to save our steel is now.

STEEL CRISIS: New figures show Labour’s warnings repeatedly ignored by the Tory Government

Labour Members of Parliament have raised the issues facing the steel industry 203 times in Parliament since the General Election Labour Members of Parliament have secured 8 debates to raise...

Maeve Kelly says “A massive big thank you to all the Labour party members/supporters who come to the scrutiny committee meeting yesterday and spoke out against these cuts in support of our campaign to fight these cuts: Paula Eaton, Sue Helliwell, Amelia Helliwell, Susan Munro, Ethel Ranson, Carol Bulman, and I think Ted from Macclesfield might also be a member/supporter? It was really appreciated! Our speakers were professional and organised and Cheshire East, were, basically, not. To have the press there for that was quite another level of embarrassment. Also the points made by Cllrs Laura Jeuda, Sam Corcoran, and Dorothy Flude had a great impact and really helped our cause. Onwards and upwards to the next meeting!”

Children’s centre campaigners at Cheshire East

Maeve Kelly says “A massive big thank you to all the Labour party members/supporters who come to the scrutiny committee meeting yesterday and spoke out against these cuts in support...

Congleton CLP voted last night (4th April 2016) to call for a change to Labour Party leadership election rules.  The resolution tabled by treasurer Paula Eaton, stated that the incumbent (leader or deputy leader) will be automatically included on the ballot paper if they inform the General Secretary in writing that they wish to be a candidate in the election.  This was overwhelmingly supported by the members present.

Congleton CLP back call for change to leadership election rules

Congleton CLP voted last night (4th April 2016) to call for a change to Labour Party leadership election rules.  The resolution tabled by treasurer Paula Eaton, stated that the incumbent...

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the reports today linking the Conservative Party and the ‘Panama Papers’, said: “The Tories can’t continue to hide from this issue. It is clear that they have questions to answer and we can’t afford for the public to lose faith in the political process.

"The Prime Minister should lead by example and come out and set the record straight on his own tax affairs – we need full and total transparency.

"We also need to know the truth behind reports that the Conservative Party has received substantial donations from those linked to this scandal. The Tories should come clean and set out exactly what the situation is – is the Prime Minister happy to receive money from big donors who are accused of tax avoidance?

"Because it is those taxpayers who pay their fair share in taxes who have to shoulder the burden for those who do not. This is a basic principle that any party of government cannot take lightly.”

Is the Prime Minister happy to receive money from big donors who are accused of tax avoidance?

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the reports today linking the Conservative Party and the ‘Panama Papers’, said: “The Tories can’t continue to hide from this issue. It...

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