Geoffrey Cox invested in scheme under investigation by HMRC Part time MP also moonlights as £600-per-hour QC Clients include legal firms specialising in tax for rich clients A Tory MP has claimed he is “not going to comment on his private tax affairs” after being caught using an alleged tax avoidance scheme. HMRC is ordering Geoffrey Cox to cough […]

With David Hoare taken on as the new chair of Ofsted, it wasn’t for his involvement with a successful group of schools (the academy chain he works for is one of 14 banned from expanding). Apparently it’s for his ‘business experience’. New education secretary Nicky Morgan states: “He is a proven business leader who has the expertise […]

The Sovereign Grant accounts dropped today — cue predictable spin that keeping the Windsor family in the style to which they are accustomed costs us each “a mere 56p per year”. According to the latest figures, Prince Charles receives £19.5m from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is described as: “a private estate established in 1337 which funds […]

At least 14 of the Tories’ top 20 donors can be linked to companies based in tax havens, Political Scrapbook can reveal. After spilling the beans on the Bermuda-based hedge funds run by their top funder Michael Farmer yesterday, we’ve trawled records filed with regulators to build up a broader picture of Tory offshore links. But will David […]

Tories claim to be on the offensive over tax avoidance But #1 donor running secretive Bermuda hedge funds Territory snubbed David Cameron over tax deal last week In the wake of the G8 summit (and a controversial donation to the Labour Party in company shares) the Tories have become complacently smug when it comes to tax avoidance. Indeed, Tory whips are […]

Just when you thought the Lib Dem’s priorities couldn’t get any more skewed, Danny Alexander has told his constituents he backs naming and shaming of supermarkets who give dairy farmers a bad deal — whilst telling the country he won’t do the same for companies who avoid millions in tax. In a local press release, […]