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Google is thinking of shifting from Ireland to the UK. Remember how we used to be told that keeping the pound would drive away investment?
BY PAUL WAUGH AND SAM MACRORY "I still write prescriptions for people here and I can still treat people in an emergency…It’s a very convertible currency.” Sitting in his Commons office, Dr Liam Fox has a characteri... Continue to article
One of the loneliest jobs around will have felt even more isolating than usual for David Cameron recently. Grumbling backbenchers, voting against your Government’s legislative agenda. Cabinet colleagues, perhaps with leadership ambiti... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge disputed that Google’s tax arrangements were sanctioned by the law, and called on HMRC to challenge the search engine giant. “It’s not clear to me that they are acting within the law – this is an issue of judgement and rea... Continue to article
Vince Cable said tax avoidance by multinational companies was not the fault of HMRC. “The HMRC are there to enforce the law and if the company had managed to operate legally, then it’s not a failure by HMRC. I think we do have a job to d... Continue to article
Steve Barclay distanced himself from Margaret Hodge’s assessment of Google’s tax practices as “evil”. “No, I don’t [think Google is evil]. I think Google’s an important employer, it’s a valued business, but there are legitimate questions... Continue to article
Vince Cable said public anger at the tax arrangements of companies like Google and Amazon was “absolutely justified”. “There is public outrage, it is absolutely justified. And, particularly if you are a small company which can’t relocate... Continue to article
Ed Miliband hit out at the “extraordinary lengths” taken by Google to avoid paying tax in the UK after the Public Affairs Committee described the search engine’s conduct as “evil”. “People will be shocked by the evidence that Google is g... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge accused HMRC of not being tough enough on Google over tax avoidance. "No, I think it’s quite clear from the evidence that we heard this morning, particularly the evidence that these very principled whistle-blowers gave us,... Continue to article
The chief executive of HMRC has hit out at MPs trying to crack down on tax avoidance, arguing that they lack the technical expertise to come to the right conclusions and were being "emotional". HMRC permanent secretary Lin Homer told the... Continue to article
Google could be misleading tax authorities and Parliament over its tax arrangements, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have said. Labour chair of the Committee Margaret Hodge said Google was dishonestly changing its story over its rea... Continue to article
Margaret Hodge said HMRC should be more aggressive in pursuing companies who avoiding tax. "I think there is a judgement to be made, I just wish HMRC were slightly more aggressive on behalf of us the UK taxpayers to ensure that we all pa... Continue to article
The UK will double the non-lethal military support for the Syrian opposition to help them withstand an "onslaught" from Bashar Assad's regime, David Cameron said. Continue to article
There is an "urgent window of opportunity" for the international community to take action over Syria, David Cameron said today. Speaking at a joint press conference with Barack Obama, the Prime Minister gave a strong indicatoin that... Continue to article
Jeremy Hunt has been forced to deny accusations that a top adviser influenced the Government’s plans to shelve plans for minimum alcohol pricing and plain cigarette packaging. The Health Secretary came under sustained attack today from h... Continue to article
Nick Clegg speech at the Africa Jubilee Business Forum Let me first thank the African Diplomatic Corps, African Heads of Mission and Commonwealth Business Council for inviting me to open this business forum and for organising this event.... Continue to article
CIPD press release Employment growth set to continue, but labour market is a 'battleground' for job seekers New CIPD research shows that 45 applicants are chasing every low-skilled job The Spring 2013 Chartered Institute of Personnel ... Continue to article
National Health Action Party press release National Health Action Party calls on the Prime Minister to exempt NHS from EU/US trade deal and stop irreversible NHS privatisation As David Cameron meets President Obama in Washington today... Continue to article
Lord Young said removing the age cap on loans for start-up businesses would release a wealth of business talent. "The only change we are making to it is to lift the age gap. Why should we only help people under 30 to start working for th... Continue to article
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By promoting more trade, fairer taxes and greater transparency, Britain and America can once again lead the way in meeting the greatest challenge of our time: securing the growth and stability on which the prosperity of the whole world depends. Continue to article
Liam Fox said that he would vote for the EU referendum amendment to the Queen's Speech. “I'll vote for the amendment, I don't think it's such a big deal as people are saying, what it tells us there's a difference of emphasis within ... Continue to article
Labour press release Michael Dugher MP, Labour's Vice Chair, responding to a report from Lord Young on the impact of the recession on business, said: "This is yet more evidence of just how desperately out of touch David Cameron's Govern... Continue to article
Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour's Shadow Treasury Minister, responding to the conclusion of the G7 Finance Ministers meeting, said: "It's disappointing that this G7 meeting has failed to set out any concrete steps to promote economic growt... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron begins his three day visit to the US. He will meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce a review of later-life care Business secretary Vince Cab... Continue to article
Downing Street press release • Prime Minister’s Enterprise Adviser Lord Young publishes his report on growing micro businesses • Start-Up loans exceed expectations by 50% with over 3,700 entrepreneurs helped, thousands more entrepreneurs... Continue to article
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's goods trade deficit narrowed slightly in March despite a rise in the deficit on trade in oil and other fuels to more normal levels, official data showed on Friday. Continue to article
1.Liam Fox This former candidate for the Conservative Party leadership was a Scottish doctor before he jumped the border to become an MP. Fox was the Shadow Secretary of State for Health for four years before his focus changed to more ... Continue to article
Treasury press release The government today (25 April 2013) launched a consultation on its plans to change the way that systemically important payment and settlement systems are dealt with in the event of insolvency. Under the propose... Continue to article
Liam Fox said that through her focus on self-reliance Baroness Thatcher was able to progress through the Conservative party. "I think it was important to her because I think she placed a great premium on people who were able to get on in... Continue to article
The UK's biggest lenders are to pay millions more to new regulators under plans to be announced tomorrow, Sky News learns. Continue to article
Save Our Royal Mail press release A new campaign was launched today aiming to highlight the threat an autumn Royal Mail sell off will place on postal services throughout the UK. With support from groups and individuals representing th... Continue to article
IpsosMori did an impressive briefing for the Lobby today which ranged widely on why all the parties still face real challenges to convince the voters. But with just a few days to the Budget, there was one stand-out graphic that suggests ... Continue to article
WORDS: SAM MACRORY David Cameron is not short of advice. From backbenchers to former ministers, Cabinet members to influential backers, everyone is breaking cover to tell the Prime Minister where he’s going wrong. He leads a Conservativ... Continue to article
Labour Press Release The Labour Party today has published the final report of the Small Business Taskforce, chaired by businessman Bill Thomas. The wide-ranging review is brimming with ideas to inform Labour’s policy review, and has be... Continue to article
"It is a great pleasure to be here this morning. I am very grateful to the British Chambers of Commerce for all you do to promote UK business overseas, and for your excellent relationship with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. "Your ca... Continue to article
CIPD press release The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) welcomes the move towards greater employer involvement in the apprenticeship system and is urging employers to think beyond blue collar jobs when designing th... Continue to article
Labour press release Gordon Marsden MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth, commenting on the Government's response to the Richard Review, said: "Coming after a fall in apprenticeships for under ... Continue to article
The Ministry of Defence is failing to support the families of injured servicemen, according to the former Defence Secretary Liam Fox. Mr Fox told the Sunday Times the attitude of the MoD was still that supporting the families was not a "core responsibility". He will tomorrow launch a website to provide free accommodation for service families.
Liam Fox has hit out at the Liberal Democrats’ refusal to weaken employment laws, saying it is harming the UK’s economic recovery.
Writing for the Daily Telegraph, the former Defence Secretary said: “If the economy does not improve, they can expect a very unhappy date in 2015 with the voters, and their antipathy to labour market reform makes this more likely.”
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox is leading calls from the Tory right for tax cuts, setting the stage for a Conservative-Lib Dem clash over the forthcoming budget.
Writing in the Financial Times today, Dr Fox urges the Chancellor to cut business taxes and ease employment regulation.
The Confederation of British Industry has also advised George Osborne to bring in some "modest" cuts, including a reduction in air passenger duty and lower rates for firms investing in infrastructure.
There may also be renewed calls to drop the 50p top rate of income tax, with new figures showing that the level of income tax paid fell by over £500m last month, suggesting the high rate is not increasing revenues.
Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott has branded Treasury proposals for a further 5% of spending cuts "economic madness". He also responded to Liam Fox's column in yesterday's Telegraph calling for further labour market deregulation, calling the former Defence Secretary's position "foolish".
A scrutiny board established by former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has been accused of allowing an overspend of £6.1bn. A Commons spending watchdog said 15 projects were over budget and a total of 27 years late. Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said: “The country will be shocked at this total inaction from ministers.”
Adam Werritty has admitted he made mistake in his dealings with former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, adding that he had been “certainly naive”. In an interview with the Spectator, Mr Werritty also hit out at much of the reporting on the situation, saying it had been “long on drama and innuendo, but short on details and specifics”.
12/05/2013 on Murnaghan, Sky News
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