MP backs boycott of Starbucks on BBC Question Time
MP Tessa Munt has said boycotting tax-avoiding companies like
Starbucks can work in pressurising them to change their ways.
her first ever appearance on BBC1's Question Time panel
on Thursday night, she was asked whether companies like the coffee
giant should be boycotted for avoiding Corporation Tax.
companies can work as long as we are basing it on fact,"
she said. "People power does work," the MP added, giving
the example of Costa withdrawing from Totnes in Devon following
a campaign by local residents.
went on to say that she would support coffee firms being asked
to pay tax on their UK sales in order to avoid tax avoidance through
the programme, Tessa was also asked whether controversial Muslim
cleric Abu Qatada should be put on a plane to Jordan. "I
think he should be arrested now... the time has come for us to
arrest him and run him through our courts," she responded.
asked 'who's wrong - Hamas or Israel?' following this week's hostilities
in the Middle East, she replied: "This has the potential
to escalate and escalate. Our place is to urge restraint."
the light of recent child abuse allegations in Wales, the panelists
were asked 'Should we spend more time discussing how we can better
protect children than worry about whos running the BBC?'
said: "In my view, all violence is unacceptable... as a mother
I taught my children to show respect to their elders, good manners
and be graceful - trust is someone that's earned and that's a
very difficult thing."