The Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge MP, joined North Norfolk Labour Party’s Christmas Dinner in Sheringham this weekend.
Mrs Hodge used her speech to explain further the work she does on the Public Accounts Committee and also the impact that corporations avoiding tax has on small businesses across the country.
Speaking on Small Business Saturday she cited the success of local independent book publishers SALT Publishing, but she expressed concerns that other small publishers had been less successful because of companies like Amazon not paying their fair share of tax.
She believed Britain had become a ‘tax haven’ under the current government and said that if the Labour Party clamped down on corporations like Starbucks and Google in a future government more money would be raised to pay for services. She said she was unconvinced that a “Google tax” unveiled in the Autumn Statement was enough.
Margaret Hodge was joined by Hywel Lloyd from the Labour Coast and Country group which is pushing for a ‘rural-proofed’ manifesto that works for both urban areas, rural areas, and coastal areas too.
Hywel spoke about the need for better transport links in North Norfolk and across the county, and for policies that improve living standards in both city and rural areas too – particularly in the areas of education and health.
Denise Burke, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk and the chair of the local Labour Party, said: “This year’s Christmas Party was even bigger than the last with a great turnout for our two key speakers.
With the General Election just five months away we are now all geared up to hitting the doorsteps and spreading the word of the great work that both Margaret and Hywel are doing across the country.”
The Christmas Party at The Burlington in Sheringham was the last major social event for North Norfolk Labour Party before the General Election in May 2015.