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Update on my amendment to tackle tax secrecy

So far 83 MPs have signed up to my cross-party #tackletaxhavens amendment to the Criminal Finances Bill. The amendment will be debated in the House of Commons in the next few weeks so please do ask your own MP to sign up to the amendment if they haven’t done so already! More info on the […]

How I’m tackling tax secrecy in the overseas territories

Today I tabled an amendment supported by 80 MPs from eight different political parties in Westminster calling on the Government to finally clean up our country’s notorious tax havens. My amendment would ensure the UK’s Overseas Territories adopt the same transparency standards as the rest of the UK by the time of the next UK […]

Why I’m backing the ‘Magnitsky’ Amendment

In case you missed it, earlier this week I wrote a piece for the Times on why I’m backing the ‘Magnitsky’ amendment to the Criminal Finances Bill to ensure Britain does not become a safe haven for money launderers. Britain must not be a safe haven for money launderers Far too many people enjoy luxurious […]

Parliamentary Book Awards Prize for ‘Called to Account’

Last night I was lucky enough to win the ‘Best Non-Fiction book by a Parliamentarian’ award at the Parliamentary Book Awards. This morning I spoke to Adam Boulton at Sky News about the book and my time as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. Thank you again to all my fellow Parliamentarians who voted for […]

My speech in the Criminal Finances Bill debate

Yesterday I spoke in the Criminal Finances Bill debate in the House of Commons. I welcome this Bill, it is extremely important in tacking corruption. However, there are ways that the Bill could be strengthened. Transparency is crucial to tackling the very corruption and money laundering that this Bill wants to stop. However, the Bill […]

My speech in the Criminal Finances Bill debate

Yesterday I spoke in the Criminal Finances Bill debate in the House of Commons. I welcome this Bill , it is extremely important in tacking corruption. However, there are ways that the Bill could be strengthened. Transparency is crucial to tackling the very corruption and money laundering that this Bill wants to stop. However, the […]

Ministers spend £600m on big four accountancy firms

Figures I’ve uncovered show that Britain’s big four accountancy firms have been paid more than half a billion pounds in fees by government departments over the past three years, including £220 million from the aid budget. It is scandalous that rather than channelling aid money through charities and organisations that actually understand the countries they […]