“Inappropriate” Tax Experts Labour’s Biggest Non-Union Donors

PriceWaterhouse Coopers, whom Margaret Hodge condemned earlier this month, gave almost £400,000 to Labour in the last quarter.

Also blows out of the water Labour’s line that they are being massively outspent…

Exposed: Another Tax Avoiding Labour Donor

The Mirror report that the latest celeb to be caught up in an alleged tax avoidance scheme is former Man United manager Alex Ferguson:

Investors in Eclipse Film Partners No 35 LLP collectively ploughed £50million into the fund, which totalled £840million after huge loans were taken on. They then bought rights to Disney films Enchanted and Underdog before sub-leasing them back in a deal with the studio.

While this is a common industry deal, HMRC said the scheme was designed purely to exploit tax breaks on film investment and that the LLP was not trading.”

That would be longstanding Labour donor Sir Alex, who even auctioned off his team talk notes to raise £10,000 for the party, and who Miliband has been tipped to recruit as an election guru. It’s the Disney tax scheme, because he disnae pay his taxes (allegedly)…

No Hands On DECC

Decc

The Department of Energy & Climate Change paid £600 to promote just one job on the business social network LinkedIn. Despite the advert being seen by 4,162 people, the number of people who clicked on it was precisely zero.

According to an FoI request, the cash was shelled out to the recruitment agency Penna who “promoted” the vacancy on LinkedIn for them.

Efficient, data driven and on the ball with new technology; it’s everything we’ve come to expect from the DECC.

 

Tories Charging “Cash for Access” to Meet Dave Tomorrow

This pinged into the inboxes of some lucky Tories in the south of England this afternoon. The line in bold has sparked local outrage:

INVITATION
Party Members are invited to meet
The Prime Minister
in Portsmouth
on
Tuesday 17 February 2015
commencing at 2.30pm
Due to security requirements, attendees must
PRE-REGISTER FOR THE EVENT
Members who wish to attend should register their request by email to
XXX@Conservatives.com
by 5.00pm on Monday 16 February 2015.
Accepted applicants will be advised of the event location by email on Monday evening.
A donation of £10 per head, payable upon entrance, would be much appreciated to cover the costs of the event.
Please bring a form of photo identification to the event.

Making money from room-meat. Guido is awaiting comment to find out whether this is new standard procedure. They’ve dropped the prices from last week though, down from £5,000-a-plate to a tenner on the door…

UPDATE: A co-conspirator gets in touch to say it was the same in Northfield. Birmingham last Friday. Ten pound a head…

Show Us Your Receipt, Ed!

Talking of cash in hand, Miliband had the roofers in to his North London home last year.

He did get a receipt, didn’t he?

Stanley Fink to Ed Miliband: Bring It On

Stanley Fink is very angry with Miliband using him as a tax dodging tool to try beat up the PM earlier. He has a pretty good explanation for his Swiss bank account too:

“I challenge you to repeat your allegation outside of the House of Commons – or to withdraw it publically [sic].” 

UPDATE:

Daylight Rubbery! Condoms in Venezuela Cost $755

Retailers in Venezuela will soon be wrapping up their businesses as the price of condoms in the joyless socialist dystopia climax at $755 a pack. The population is split and the secret police have been unsheathed to restore order, accusing businesses of running Trojan hoarding operations. “The country is so messed up that now we have to wait in line even to have sex,” says a frustrated Jonatan “Johnny” Montilla, while Jhonatan “Johnny” Rodriguez complains that abortion is illegal: “without condoms we can’t do anything“. Just the tip of the unrest. Time to pull out?

Polly’s “Precarious” Guardian Has £850 Million Cash Reserves

Polly Toynbee has a full page advert in today’s Guardian asking readers to “become a Founder member” for £540-a-year. In other words write them a cheque because the £1.60 they pay to read the paper isn’t enough to save it from its “precarious” position:

“The Guardian’s life has always been precarious because we don’t have an owner or a corporation propping us up. We don’t have a press baron or oligarch ordering us to take their political or commercial line. We swim along in a dangerous world of media sharks, our independence precious and unique.”

As Press Gazette points out, the “precarious” Guardian currently has cash reserves of £850 million since selling its stake in Autotrader last year. Cynical tax strategies have kept the Guardian afloat whilst simultaneously campaigning against tax avoidance. Amazingly £850 million has built an endowment that will allow the unpopular paper to lose money in perpetuity. All without paying any corporation or capital gains taxes for years…

Pic via @wblau

Jim Murphy Breaks Silence on Expenses Irn-Bru

Finally – some seven hours later – Murphy’s spinners have worked out a line on his shocking Irn-Bru expenses claims. A Scottish Labour Party spokesperson said:

“As most people know, Mr Murphy drinks bucket loads of of Irn Bru. Over the years it’s thought that he has single-handedly kept the House of Commons Irn-Bru supplier in business.

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Tim’s Troughing Far From Yeo-ver

YEO

Three decades of his MPs’ salary, expenses and all those lucrative green energy interests and troughing Tory Tim Yeo is still at it. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun, even though he is leaving Westminster in just three months, Yeo has hired his long-suffering wife Diane as his new office assistant.[…]

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Blair Already Back Electioneering For Labour

There was plenty of chatter in the broadsheets this weekend about what, if any, role Tony Blair would play in the coming Labour election campaign. However – as readers of the Sun on Sunday would know – Mr Tony was already back and doing his part to raise cash for candidates last week.[…]

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McXlusive: Jim Murphy Claims For Irn-Bru on Expenses

Jim Murphy portrays himself as the Irn Bru street fighter, campaigning on crates with a bottle in his hand. A man of the people…

Now Guido can reveal that not only is Murphy so out of touch that he drinks his Bru from a glass, the Scottish Labour leader gets the taxpayer to pay for his supply on expenses.[…]

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I Wouldn’t Take Money From PWC Says Ex-Employee Hodge + Hodge Family Firm Stemcor Employs PWC+ Admits She Still Receives Pension From Her Time There

Worth listening to the end of Margaret Hodge’s interview on the World at One as she is politely reminded of her massive hypocrisy when it comes to Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Hodge began by slamming Labour’s Shadow Cabinet – including Ed BallChuka Umunna and Rachel Reeves- for employing PWC staffers, before being told that her company Stemcor also uses PWC, that she used be a senior consultant for the firm herself and still receives a pension from them:

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By the end even she was laughing at her own hypocrisy…

UPDATE:

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Tory MP Slammed By Expenses Watchdog + Ordered to Pay Back £1,000 in Incorrect Mileage Claims + Claimed ‘For Twice the Distance Shown on Google Maps’+ Guilty of “Incorrect” and “Laissez-faire Attitude” to Expenses

Tory MP Bob Blackman has been found guilty of repeatedly over-claiming for his mileage expenses by IPSA and has been ordered to pay back more than £1,000 to the taxpayer. In a damning report released this morning the expenses watchdog found:

  • “on average, your claims are almost twice the distance shown on Google maps and in some cases, significantly more”
  • “mileage claims submitted by Mr Blackman are, in almost every instance, not accurate and greater than the distance travelled”
  • Blackman “wrongly submitted” claims including canvassing and party political events
  • he “demonstrate[s] a pattern of incorrect claiming and a laissez-faire attitude to the submission of constituency mileage in general”

The total number of claims found by IPSA to be incorrect or not allowable is 734 and Blackman has been ordered to repay £1,006.20.[…]

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Outsourced Government IT Project Saves Taxpayers Money

verify gov

The Government Digital Service has made a massive stride towards fixing the hated Government Gateway, the cumbersome registration portal that users need to access online government services. The Cabinet Office has announced today that its new alternative verification service, GOV.UK Verify, helped 11,000 people avoid paying late submission fines on their self-assessment form this year.[…]

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Mitchell Down Half a Million After Refusing Sun Settlement

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Andrew Mitchell’s lawyers are back in court again arguing over how much the former chief whip has to cough up after losing his libel case last year. It has emerged News Group made offer to Mitchell before the libel hearing, but Mitchell turned it down, costing him “at least £500,000” in costs.[…]

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