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MP hits out over peer’s donation

CONSERVATIVES have ploughed over £55,000 into their campaign to win the Solihull seat.

CONSERVATIVES have ploughed over £55,000 into their campaign to win the Solihull seat.

But sitting MP Lorely Burt has criticised contributions from Tory donor Lord Ashcroft - who this week revealed that he did not pay UK tax on his overseas earnings.

The high-profile peer billionaire is the Conservative Party’s single biggest donor in the past five years.

Conservatives have pumped money into marginal seats, including Solihull, and according to The Times newspaper, the borough received the biggest slice.

Mrs Burt, the Lib Dem who won the seat in 2005, said that voters “cannot be bought”.

“We now know the truth - he does not pay tax on his worldwide earnings in the UK and has avoided paying up to £127m in tax.

“The Conservatives think they can throw money from Belize at Solihull and buy the seat.”

Maggie Throup, the Conservative’s prospective parliamentary candidate, said: “Like candidates across the political spectrum, I have received central funding allocated against specific projects.

“This, in a small way, brings balance to the taxpayer-funded Communication Allowance that every sitting MP is entitled to spend, to a maximum of £10,000 per annum. The Conservatives have pledged to scrap this allowance.”

She added that Labour and Lib Dem donors should come clean about their tax status as well.

Yesterday, the Electoral Commission ruled that donations from Lord Ashcroft’s firm were “legal and permissible”.



Cathrina Hulse
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Annette Belcher
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