Shadow Chancellor praises Christians on the Left's pro tax campaign

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell today praised the campaign organised by Christians on the Left to support paying tax.

Mr McDonnell congratulated Christians on the Left and its chair, Jonathan Reynolds MP, for our campaign slogan  :

"It’s a great slogan. Patriots should pay their taxes. Labour are already setting the pace on tackling tax avoidance and tax evasion."

Mr McDonnell argued that "we know we can't run the best public services in the world on a flagging economy with a tax system that does not tax fairly or effectively."

Christians on the Left is encouraging people to answer the question "What are you proud your taxes are spent on?"

Leading Labour politicians and conference delegates have been answering that question this week.  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote: "To ensure everyone gets health care and every child gets education."

The campaign is based around the Twitter hashtag  and campaign progress is being posted at

Christians on the Left director Andy Flannagan said:

"This campaign is generating a lot of excitement at the Labour Party conference. We believe tax can and should be a good thing. It is time to change our perceptions and recognise we are part of one society in which we all have a stake. Paying tax is one important way we make that a reality."

Christians on the Left is the organisation for Christians in the Labour Party. Affiliated to the Party and sending delegates to Labour's conference, it counts MPs, peers, and councillors amongst its members.

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