|Revenge? Lord Ashcroft|
The row over Lord Ashcroft’s tax status deepend last night as William Hague admitted he had not known about the non-dom tax status of the Tory party’s deputy chairman until some months ago.
If you missed BBC The World Tonight on March 2010 presented by Robin Lustig click this link for the full conversation.
Here is a taster:
Speakers: William Hague
RL: William Hague I need to ask you just one question about Michael Ashcroft. When did you learn that he had renegotiated the undertaking he gave to you about his tax status from permanent residency in the UK to long term residency in the UK?
WH: Well look David Cameron dealt with these issues yesterday. There were two things that people wanted to know about Michael Ashcroft, what undertaking he gave and what his tax status is now. And it’s high time the BBC now moved on to the real funding issue in Britain which is how come three quarters of the funding of then Labour party comes from trade unions, the huge power of the Unite union and these are now the issues that we need to get onto.
RL: But you gave an undertaking didn’t you, you gave an undertaking to Downing Street and to the scrutiny committee that Michael Ashcroft would become a permanent resident and that that would cost him tens of millions of pounds. It didn’t. When did you learn that that undertaking that you gave was not being adhered to?
Read more: http://blogs.ft.com/westminster/2010/03/hague-under-pressure-over-lord-ashcroft/
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