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 http://www.christiansontheleft.org.uk/patriotspaytax

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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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."


Christians on the Left has had its Labour Conference motion submitted to the party's National Executive Committee. The motion calls for Labour Party members to 'disagree well' when debating with each other, avoiding personal abuse and prejudice. It also affirms that the party will not tolerate abusive behaviour. The motion, written in consultation with members of other socialist societies affiliated to the Labour Party, calls on NEC to issue guidance to constituency parties on how to conduct meetings and to issue a pledge of good behaviour, which constituency parties and affiliates would be encouraged to sign.

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There is no doubt that passion has returned to politics. There has been a lot to get passionate about. The referendum on European Union membership and the Labour leadership election are only the latest examples. In the past couple of years, the United Kingdom has seen Scotland hold an intensely debated referendum on its future and elected a Conservative government at a general election.


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