MP publishes her tax returns online in transparency vow
MP has published her tax returns online and vowed to be fully
transparent about her earnings.
Munt has published
her tax returns on her website here for the years since she
was elected Burnham's MP in 2010.
move comes after MPs' incomes from second jobs has been in the
spotlight during recent weeks.
has spoken out against those politicians who have second incomes
and has this week supported London Mayor Boris Johnson's stance
that MPs should publish their tax returns.
said this week: "Last month's 'surprise' from Boris struck
right at the heart of one of the most sensitive issues facing
the Prime Minister, his Chancellor and the Tories. Boris announced
that he thought senior politicians should publish their tax returns."
could almost hear the groans in Downing Street down here in Somerset,
150 miles away. Despite David Cameron and George Osborne indicating
previously that they were "relaxed" about publishing
their tax returns, now Osborne says there are "practical
difficulties" and Cameron says it's "complicated"."
tax transparency is already standard practice in countries like
Denmark, Norway and Sweden. If you're standing for election in
the States, you have to publish your tax return."
I recently completed my own tax return, Ive posted copies
from the time I was elected as an MP to my website and anyone
can go ahead and look at them. There
weren't any 'practical difficulties', and I didn't find it "complicated".
So, Im echoing Boris calls for politicians to publish
their tax returns. The murky, self-policing way in which our political
system operates is a big problem. It leaves space for temptation
added: "But worst of all, this murkiness is a root cause
of the distrust and suspicion which hangs over our political system,
particularly after the 2009 expenses fiasco. It creates the impression
that the political establishment has things it wants to hide."
is important. Before being elected in 2010, I promised to be a
full-time MP. Ive
kept that promise. My bosses are those who live in my patch. They
know I dont sell my time to private companies, flog favours,
get paid to make speeches, or lobby Ministers to promote anyone
else's interests. In
2010, I promised to list all my expenses and the value of any
gifts I receive. Ive kept this promise too."