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LIVE: General Election updates

Jon Date

Senior Advocacy Manager

We’ll be bringing you updates and gossip on the general election and post-election negotiations - and looking at what it means for our Tax Dodging Bill campaign and for people living in poverty (most recent information displays on the top).

Politicians let money slip though their fingers by not adopting a Tax Dodging Bill
Politicians let money slip though their fingers by not adopting a Tax Dodging Bill

Wed 13 May 17.31: David Cameron's new all-Conservative Cabinet met for the first time yesterday, meaning the election period is well and truly over and the new Government is in place.

On Wednesday 27th May the Queen will give a speech to mark the opening of Parliament and set out the new laws that the Government have told her that they plan to introduce. We will be keeping up the pressure on David Cameron to pass a Tax Dodging Bill, which we want to be included in the Queen's Speech.

 

Mon 11 May 14.49: Congratulations to Justine Greening for being re-appointed as Secretary of State for International Development.

 

Mon 11 May 12.01: We're keeping up the pressure on the newly re-elected Prime Minister to introduce a Tax Dodging Bill through a special delivery to Downing Street:

 

Mon 11 May 11.17: With the Conservatives gaining seats in England and Wales and the SNP winning over most of Scotland, would it be fair to say our new electoral map resembles a certain cartoon character?

 

Sat 9 May 10.36: Here are more campaign supporters in Westminster today with a wheelbarrow full of (chocolate!) gold coins to represent all the money a Tax Dodging Bill could raise in the UK and in developing countries.

Before the election David Cameron said that if he was re-elected as Prime Minister, his Government would raise £5 billion a year from tackling tax avoidance and evasion. We want him to stick to his­­­ promise and introduce a Tax Dodging Bill.

Campaigners in Westminster calling on David Cameron to introduce a Tax Dodging Bill

Fri 8 May 15.42: Use the tool below to e-mail David Cameron and tell him you want him to introduce a Tax Dodging Bill in the first 100 days of his new Government.

We're calling for a law that will:

  • Make it harder for big companies to dodge UK taxes and ensure they’re not getting unfair tax breaks
  • Ensure UK tax rules don’t encourage big companies to avoid tax in developing countries
  • Make the UK tax regime more transparent and tougher on tax dodging.
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Fri 8 May 14.19: Tax Dodging Bill supporters are outside 10 Downing Street calling on David Cameron and his new Government to #MakeTaxFair

 

Fri 8 May 13.55: Speaking about the election result, Jenny Ricks, Chair of the Tax Dodging Bill campaign said:

“In the Conservatives' manifesto they pledged to raise £5 billion from tackling tax avoidance and evasion, but didn't set out what they would do to achieve this. To meet their target the newly elected government must make passing a Tax Dodging Bill a priority for their first hundred days. This would raise billions of pounds that could be used to fight poverty in the UK and in the world’s poorer countries.”

Fri 8 May 08.54: Most seats have now been counted, and it's not the result many people were expecting. The BBC are forecasting that David Cameron will be able to form a majority Conservative Government:

 

Thurs 7 May 17.05: So, #DogsAtPollingStations is trending on Twitter.

I think this one is my favourite:

 

Thurs 7 May 13.00: Mike Noyes, our Head of Humanitarian, spots TV crews outside of Parliament.

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few days - we will be outside where any post-election negotiations are taking place, trying to ensure our Tax Dodging Bill campaign gets noticed by politicians and the media.

 

Thurs 7 May 11.30: And they’re off! Polling stations opened at 7am this morning, and it still looks far too close to call.

Expert predictions

Here is polling company YouGov’s final prediction for how many seats each party will win. If they are right then we can expect complicated negotiations and could even need three parties to come together to get a majority in the House of Commons.

 

But of course, pollsters can be wrong. We will have to wait until the early hours of tomorrow morning to get a better idea of the actual results. And in the meantime – get to your local polling station and vote (if you haven’t already) to ensure your views are counted!

Wed 6 May 17.50: Tomorrow’s election will be incredibly close. Most bookies think Cameron and Miliband have an equal chance of ending up as Prime Minister.

But it’s not just Labour and the Conservatives that will matter. It looks like neither of the two big parties will be able to pull off a majority, so from Friday onwards we can expect complex negotiations with the smaller parties as the two leaders try to scrabble together enough MPs to be able to govern.

Poverty is political

We’ve been talking to parties of all colours as they were writing their manifestos, and thousands of you have contacted the Parliamentary Candidates in your area to ask them to support a Tax Dodging Bill, which would raise money in the UK and developing countries that is needed to fight poverty.

Have you read the party manifestos?

So, with the election tomorrow, what have parties pledged to do that would make tax fair, improve women’s rights and combat poverty around the world?

In alphabetical order:

The Conservatives have promised to continue to lead efforts to tackle violence against women and girls at home and abroad.

They haven't supported the Tax Dodging Bill campaign, but have shown a willingness to look at publishing company accounts country by country, which is important for developing countries.

The Greens support the Tax Dodging Bill in full, and would increase our spending on international aid from 0.7% to 1% of national income.

Labour have pledged that their first Budget would combat tax dodging, including many of the measures from the Tax Dodging Bill campaign. They would continue to promote women’s rights and join with those campaigning to attain gender equality.

The Liberal Democrats haven’t invoked the Tax Dodging Bill campaign directly, but a few chunks from our policy document made it into their manifesto, and we’re not complaining.

The Lib Dems would introduce an International Gender Equality Strategy.

Plaid Cymru support the Tax Dodging Bill campaign.

The SNP have supported the principles of the Tax Dodging Bill, including publishing company accounts and reviewing tax breaks for big companies.

UKIP would repeal legislation requiring we spend 0.7% of national income on aid, and instead cut it to 0.2%.

They would also set up a Treasury Commission to prevent large multinational corporations using aggressive tax avoidance schemes.

So that’s where the political parties stand at the moment. Check back tomorrow and over the coming days for updates to see how the parties fare, what happens in the negotiations and which of these policies could get put into practice.

Have you signed our petition calling on the new government to create a Tax Dodging Bill yet?

 

 

 

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