Emma Lewell-Buck MP: We must be tough on the tax dodgers

Tax avoidance has cost the nation around £13 billion between 2010 and 2015. Just imagine what this huge sum of money could have been spent on.

Since 2010 the total amount could have paid for a new school to be built every single day of the year or at a time when hospitals are struggling to secure their future including our very own hospital here in Shields, the money could have paid for 21 new hospitals. Tax avoidance costs us all. By allowing the super-wealthy tax dodgers to operate unfettered the Tories have ensured that billions of pounds, dollars and euros have been lost from our public finances.

When David Cameron was in office he promised to crack down on offshore tax evasion, while his father was benefitting from an offshore trust. When the Panama papers scandal eventually broke the then Prime Minister was forced to

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