Sign the petition to demand Cameron’s pal Aschroft pays back the £127 million he avoided

A petition has been launched demanding Tory deputy chair Lord Ashcroft of Belize pay back the £127 million he avoided paying in tax since 2000.

A petition has been launched demanding Tory deputy chair Lord Ashcroft of Belize pay back the £127 million he avoided paying in tax since his elevation to the Lords in 2000. Today’s Mirror has calculated the sum, and quotes Lib Dem home affair’s spokesman Chris Huhne, who said:

“He’s avoided vast sums in a non-dom tax dodge. Anyone who wants to pass laws about tax in this country should pay the full taxes and not hide behind the special offshore status of non-doms.”

The petition says:

“We, the undersigned, call on Lord Ashcroft to pay to the UK exchequer the tax for which he would have been liable had he not decided to be non-domiciled in the UK for tax purposes since 2000, so that it can be spent on the NHS, schools, police and other front line services.

“Commentators estimate that this sum could be as much as £127 million.”

It follows the highly-successful Facebook group, which now has more than 1,250 members.

This is how the Mirror calculated the £127 million figure:

“Lord Ashcroft’s fortune is estimated at £1,100 million by the Sunday Times Rich List.

“A 5% annual return is £55m. If he kept 80% offshore taxpayers would miss income from £44m.
He can split his tax between capital gains and income tax.

“At 18%, capital gains tax on £22m = £3.96m, plus 40% income tax on £22m = £8.8m. That’s £12.76m a year or £127.6m in 10 years.”

Earlier today, Left Foot Forward reported the huge influence Ashcroft has over the Tory party, and the potential effect he may have on the election. Ashcroft’s money pays for 78% of Tory spending in marginals, far higher than the 2% of donations the Tories have claimed.

UPDATE 2:40

John Slinger, who set up the petition, has just told Left Foot Forward:

“The Tories and Lord Ahscroft may think that they can put this story to bed with a belated Damascan conversion to transparency, but it won’t wash. I set up this petition because I hope that the British public will think long and hard about what the Ashcroft affair says about the modern Tories.

“Ordinary people are struggling in the current economic circumstances, paying their taxes and often relying on public services such as the NHS to improve their life chances.

“Yet the Tories have as their Deputy Chairman a billionaire who chooses to pay only a fraction of his taxes in this country yet seeks to influence the outcome of the next election. It may be legal, but it’s a disgrace.”

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33 Responses to “Sign the petition to demand Cameron’s pal Aschroft pays back the £127 million he avoided”

  1. Milena Buyum

    RT @leftfootfwd: Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign the petition: http://is.gd/9wOSp

  2. Matthew Zarb-Cousin

    RT @leftfootfwd: Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign the petition: http://is.gd/9wOSp

  3. charles

    grow up – this story’s over

  4. John Slinger

    RT @leftfootfwd: Sign the petition to demand Cameron's pal Aschroft pays back the £127 million he avoided http://cli.gs/BqYPj

  5. vj

    Sure ill sign. If we can have the same for Lord Paul, Lakshmi Mittal and everyone else. If its going to be persecution, then lets at kleast make it even handed.

  6. Opusdeath

    I’ll sign if you expand the petition to include all nom Doms, Lord Paul etc 🙂

  7. Mr Eugenides

    Eh? He agreed his tax status with HMRC, didn’t he? Why on earth should he be required to pay more than he is asked to?

  8. Clifford Singer

    RT @leftfootfwd Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj

  9. Liat Norris

    RT @OtherTPA: RT @leftfootfwd Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj

  10. Sunder Katwala

    leftfootfwd

    RT @leftfootfwd Demand #CAshcroft pays back £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign petition http://is.gd/9wOSp

  11. Michael Henley

    Adding my weight to the comments above. Expand this to include all donating non-doms like Swraj Paul, Lakshmi Mittal & Bruno Sanglé-Ferrière and then we can talk. People in Glass Houses…

  12. Peter Kenyon

    RT @nextleft: leftfootfwd

    RT @leftfootfwd Demand #CAshcroft pays back £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign petition http://is.gd/9wOSp

  13. Henry

    Seems like a bunch of folk with Tory talking points are posting. Surprise!

  14. Joshua Fenton-Glynn

    RT @OtherTPA: RT @leftfootfwd Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj

  15. Jared Gaites

    RT @leftfootfwd: Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign the petition: http://is.gd/9wOSp

  16. Jared Gaites

    Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign the petition: http://is.gd/9wOSp

  17. AdamR

    Quite happy to sign, on the condition that the petition applies to Ashcroft, Lord Paul, Lakshmi Mittal, Ronnie Cohen and ALL non dom donors to ALL parties. But then again I supposed the ‘evidence based blogging’ on here will only be used to attack the Tories. No wonder British politics is in such a mess.

  18. Francis Urquhart

    What about Paul, Mittal and Cohen who have collectively contributed more than Lord Ashcroft? Perhaps we can use all of the cash to finance a day’s worth of interest incurred from Brown’s debt binge.

  19. Will Straw

    RT @leftfootfwd: Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign the petition: http://is.gd/9wOSp

  20. Anthony Painter

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  21. Ellie Gellard

    RT @leftfootfwd Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign petition http://is.gd/9wOSp

  22. thethirdestate

    RT @BevaniteEllie: RT @leftfootfwd Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign petition http://is.gd/9wOSp

  23. LadyRoisin

    RT @leftfootfwd: Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign the petition: http://is.gd/9wOSp

  24. Shamik Das

    RT @wdjstraw @leftfootfwd Demand #CAshcroft pays back the £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign the petition: http://is.gd/9wOSp

  25. davehowells

    RT @leftfootfwd: Demand #CAshcroft pays back £127 million he avoided: http://cli.gs/BqYPj Sign petition: http://is.gd/9wOSp

  26. Mr Eugenides

    What’s interesting about this thread is how few people are actually coming out in support of this nonsense.

    Either you change the law to prevent non-doms from funding political parties and requiring all parties, Labour and Lib Dems included, to repay money paid to them, or you are playing kindergarten politics and should belt up.

  27. John77

    You might as well say that if his returns were 100% pa he would have paid £4bn in tax. The Mirror’s figures are cloud-cuckoo-land.
    Firstly investment returns over the last decade have been marginally less than zero (source: FTSE and/or APCIMS) on a balanced portfolio, not just on the FTSE-100 stocks. Secondly the UK has double-taxation agreements with the US and most other major i.e. he does not have to pay tax on the same twice, so he would only be liable for the excess of UK personal tax rates over local tax rates. The main tax liability that he has been avoiding is IHT which at 40% on £1.1bn comes out at £440m. But he hasn’t died yet, so actual loss is relatively small.
    The Independent on Sunday found “party headquarters pump more than £1.1m into the coffers of constituency parties in Britain’s most marginal seats.
    Tory activists raised another £5m locally”
    That means Central Funds, including Ashcroft, paid for 18% not 78%. Whoever wrote this needs a new pair of spectacles if he/she cannot distinguish a 1 from a 7!. Tory claims that as Ashcroft’s donations comprise less than 5% of party income, some of which funds specific HQ costs, and CCHQ contributions is 18% of marginal seats spending his support is less than 2% of the amount they spend in marginal seats are specious but a lot closer to the truth than LFF’s 78%. The Editor should have noticed that 78% didn’t make sense as it exceeded Ashcroft’s total donations to the Tories over that period!

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