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Michael Meacher speaks for the voiceless on tax justice

01 October 2012

Michael Meacher, former UK Minister of State for the Environment under Tony Blair, stepped up the fight against tax avoidance in the House of Commons last month with his general anti-tax avoidance principle (GATAP) Bill. Salman Shaheen talks to the Labour Member of Parliament about his campaign and how it is gaining momentum.

Michael Meacher believes the UK GAAR proposal is narrow and ineffective

On the face of it, Meacher is an unlikely hero of the tax justice movement. He has been an MP for more than four decades, but none of his briefs - as Under-Secretary for Industry and Under-Secretary for Health and Social Security in the Harold Wilson and James Callaghan governments and as Minister of State for the Environment under Tony Blair - included tax. His political career is now approaching its twilight years, but Meacher has shown he is far from ready to give up the fight on the issues that are important to him. Top of that list is tax justice.

Last month, Meacher was afforded the rare opportunity to get a private member's Bill on the record, and he chose to use it to highlight the inadequacies of the government's efforts to tackle tax avoidance through its general anti-abuse...



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