Saturday, 18 May 2013

The Tory MPs who won’t say if they voted themselves a tax cut

In April the top rate of tax was cut from 50p to 45p. UNISON (West Midlands) wrote to all 59 MPs in the West Midlands to ask them if they benefited from the tax cut. Most Tory MPs didn't respond!

All 24 Labour MPs replied. None of them supported the tax cut but only one, Geoffrey Robinson, said he benefited, but said he would be donating the benefit to charity

One of the two Lib MPs in the region, John Hemming, replied and said he benefited but said he would be donating the benefit to charity. The other Lib Dem, Lorely Burt did not reply.

Of the 33 Tory MPs, only six replied to say they supported the tax cut but did not personally benefit. Another five Conservative MPs replied and said they supported the tax cut but failed to say if they would gain; the remaining 22 Conservative MPs did not even bother to acknowledge the letter, despite being sent a reminder. What have the got to hide.

Regional Secretary Ravi Subramanian said:
“There was rightly a scandal about the cover up of MPs’ expenses and this is another looming scandal. How can it be right that Tory and Lib Dem MPs who voted for a tax cut won’t say if they personally gain?

The public, who are suffering austerity, have a right to know if MPs are being sleazy and voting to quietly line their own pockets.”
The MPs who failed to come clean are listed below. If your MP is there why not write to them and ask they why they won't say. What have they got to hide?

Andrew Mitchell - Sutton Coldfield
Chris Kelly - Dudley South
James Morris - Halesowen and Rowley Regis
Jesse Norman - Hereford and South Herefordshire
Bill Wiggin - North Herefordshire
Philip Dunne - Ludlow
Owen Paterson - North Shropshire
Daniel Kawczynski - Shrewsbury and Atcham
Mark Pritchard - The Wrekin
Lorely Burt - Solihull
Andrew Griffiths - Burton
Michael Fabricant - Lichfield
Gavin Williamson - South Staffordshire
Karen Bradley - Staffordshire Moorlands
Bill Cash - Stone
Christopher Pincher - Tamworth
Richard Shepherd - Aldridge-Brownhills
Aidan Burley - Cannock Chase
Jeremy Wright - Kenilworth and Southam
Caroline Spelman - Meriden
Mark Pawsey - Rugby
Nadhim Zahawi - Stratford-on-Avon (Update: on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on 18 May he said he did not benefit)
Chris White - Warwick and Leamington
Paul Uppal - Wolverhampton South West
Sajid Javid - Bromsgrove
Peter Luff - Mid Worcestershire
Karen Lumley - Redditch
Mark Garnier - Wyre Forest

If you want to write to your MP an find their email address by going to

The sample text you can use in your letter is below.

After 6 April 2013, anyone earning above £150,000 will see a reduction in the tax they pay from 50p to 45p in the pound on their earnings above that point.
I think this tax cut is both unfair, divisive and damaging. Unfair and divisive because it means those with the biggest pockets are not paying their fair share. Damaging, because it means less income to the government and more austerity which in turn continues to damage the economic recovery.
As your constituent I have two questions:
1.      Do you agree with the government policy to cut the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p in the pound?

2.      Are you personally likely to benefit from this tax cut? 
Yours etc

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