UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Cameron must come clean on Ashcroft’s tax status says Huhne

Press Release   •   Dec 07, 2009 11:07 GMT

"The Conservatives have persistently refused to come clean on what Lord Ashcroft’s tax status is – even though he sits in the House of Lords and is bankrolling their election campaign." said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary

Chris Huhne is today writing to David Cameron asking him to give a simple yes or no answer to the question of whether Tory donor and deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft is resident in the UK for tax purposes.

The call follows Conservative Party Chairman Eric Pickles’ failure to give a clear answer on this morning’s Today programme, on which he said: ‘So far as I know, he [Lord Ashcroft] has fulfilled all of his obligations being a member of the House of Lords […] I dare say that if you get his lordship on the programme, he will be very happy to answer for you.’

Commenting, Chris Huhne said:

“David Cameron must act to ensure that the Tories who vote on this country’s laws pay its taxes.

In the wake of the non-dom Zac Goldsmith revelations, it looks increasingly like the Tories see taxes as something that happens to other people.

The Conservatives have persistently refused to come clean on what Lord Ashcroft’s tax status is – even though he sits in the House of Lords and is bankrolling their election campaign. Cameron must tell us whether Ashcroft is resident in the UK for tax purposes – yes or no.

If Zac Goldsmith must give up his non-dom status to stand for Parliament, how can Lord Ashcroft be a non-dom and sit in Parliament?”