Lib Dems face a rift over Green

first_imgWednesday 18 August 2010 8:38 pm Lib Dems face a rift over Green Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Share NICK Clegg pledged to crack down on tax avoidance yesterday, in a desperate bid to quell Liberal Democrat dissent over the government’s decision to appoint Sir Philip Green as a public spending tsar.The deputy prime minister, who is holding the fort while David Cameron is on holiday, used a high-profile speech to say the coalition would “ensure that wealthy individuals pay their fair share of tax”.Lib Dem MPs interpreted the comments as a sign of Clegg’s disquiet over the appointment of Green to head a review into government efficiency. Although the deputy prime minister has publicly backed the appointment, he has told colleagues he thinks Cameron was wrong to give the Topshop tycoon such a politically sensitive job. An aide to Clegg pointed out the deputy prime minister has been a long-standing opponent of tax avoidance. “What he said yesterday was in our manifesto, it was in the coalition agreement, and it was in the Budget red book,” he said.In the past, Green has come under fire for his tax arrangements. The biggest shareholder in his Arcadia empire is Taveta Investments, a UK-incorporated company controlled by his wife, a Monaco resident. In 2005, his family saved a significant amount of tax relating to the payment of a £1.14bn dividend through a series of complex tax planning arrangements.Last week, City A.M. revealed that Vince Cable, the business secretary and a long-standing opponent of tax avoidance, was not consulted over the decision to make Green a government adviser. Cable refused to back the Topshop tycoon’s appointment and made it known he was disgruntled by the snub. He has since asked for a meeting to discuss the billionaire’s tax affairs. Green has refused to take questions since we asked him last week whether his tax affairs had been discussed with the government ahead of his appointment.Last night, Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock said it was important that Green had a “clean bill of health”, saying it would look hypocritical if a businessman associated with tax avoidance had a hand in public sector job losses. center_img whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldCrowdy FanShe Didn’t Know Why Everyone Was Staring At Her Hilarious T-ShirtCrowdy FanReporter center[Photos] Meet The Man Katie Couric Is Romantically Involved With In 2021Reporter centerBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal Pastlast_img read more