Southport Labour Party are asking local Conservative candidates to explain where their funding comes from after top Tory donors and the Prime Minister’s own family were linked to tax avoidance schemes based in Panama.
Ongoing revelations from leaked documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca have put David Cameron on the back foot nationally, but Southport Labour say that alleged links between the company and several high-profile Tory donors taints the local party, too.
Mhairi Doyle, Labour candidate for Ainsdale ward, said: “Many people we talk to as we go door to door say they are fed up with the Conservatives cutting vital local services while taking money from jet-setting donors who have avoided paying tax here.
“Locally one Tory councillors is under investigation by the police for money laundering. It begs the question where the huge amount of funding the Tory Party receives actually comes from?
“David Cameron was asked directly if he or his family had benefited from his father’s offshore Blairmore company and he dodged the question. This is not good enough. He is the Prime Minister of this country and should lead by example.
“But this is symptomatic of this Conservative Government. George Osborne’s family business has not paid any corporation tax for 7 years despite paying out many thousands of pounds in dividends to shareholders.”
Mhairi was out campaigning in Ainsdale again this week with dozens of volunteers and is confident she can break the Lib-Dem-Conservative hold on the village on the back of a huge surge in new membership.
She added: “People in Ainsdale are disillusioned with our unfair and unjust government of the many by the few. The Tax credit fiasco, the reduction of £30 from Employment Support Allowance, and the plans to cut disability benefits, to pay for tax cuts for the richest segment of society have shown us that we are not in this together.
“Couple this with rising national debt, lower manufacturing output, and a government that is selling off our assets one by one. The Labour Party is starting to speak for the ordinary person again, and is strongly opposing these plans. Hope is in the air again.”
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