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Lord Ashcroft clarifies a few things

19 June 2010

11:56 AM

19 June 2010

11:56 AM

After all the hoo-haa about Lord Ashcroft’s tax status, it’s only fair to mention this
passage from his interview with the

"He explains that new laws brought in under the Coalition mean that all members of the Lords will have to be fully taxed. Yes, I reply, but when does he plan to come onshore? ‘I already

Really? There has been no public announcement. So he is now paying all of his taxes, including everything that comes from his businesses around the world?

‘Yes. So I say to people don’t go moaning on about it because it is no longer an issue. The point is moot… Can we move on?’ We move on."

Almost as eye-catching, though, is Ashcroft’s claim that he has "no plans" to resign as deputy Conservative party chairman, as he has suggested he might – even though, as
you sense from the interview, he seems to be far more distant from the Tory operation now.

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  • Roger Davies

    The Swiss take a much more pragmatic attitude to none-doms believing it better to get some revenues in the way of taxes than none at all.
    Why should Lord A pay British taxes on his foreign earnings? Well that is the law, currently.


    Following Fraser’s trail in the NoW last Sunday, this doesn’t require too much reading between the lines to see that Lord A’s and Verity’s view of Dave are not too far apart.

    We must all hope that his book on the 2010 campaign really does proceed to publication.

    PS Perhaps Mexico “Verity” is a cunning pseudonym for Belize Lord A

  • anne allan

    Why should Lord Ashcroft be expected to pay UK tax on his foreign earnings?
    And have the people who relentlessly pursue him set up charities or given any charity real, dependable support?

  • Steve Tierney

    Good for Lord Ashcroft. The Conservative Party would miss him if he were gone.

  • 2trueblue

    A follow up of the Liebore and Lib Dem lords status will follow then? No point in not finishing the job? Or do you just do the easy bits?

  • strapworld

    Lord Ashcroft has proved to be a greater servant of the Tory party than the people surrounding Cameron at this time. Colson etc! WHY does a Prime Minister need an unelected former Editor to ‘advise’ him? What is it with modern politicinas that they cannot think things out for themselves?

    If the economy is as bad as Osborne and Co. keep telling us. Then How can we afford these ‘advisers’ around all the Cabinet and ministers? Surely they all have minds of their own. Or do they?

    Lord Ashcroft has proved to be very succesful in business and with charitable work. I know whom I would seek for advice bewteen him or Colson!