Margaret Hodge

Biting Back: Taking a Stand for Business

Gavin Devine | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

It is time for business' own elected representatives to stand up, and to bite back.

BBC Trust Head Told To Resign For Being 'Naive Or Incompetent' over Tax Avoidance

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK

The chair of the BBC trust has been told she should resign for being "incredibly naive or totally incompetent" over the HSBC tax avoidance scandal. ...

1.3m UK Homes will Never get Fibre Broadband

Dan Howdle | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Tech
Dan Howdle

There are 1.3m homes and businesses right here in the UK, right now, that will never get fit-for-purpose broadband by traditional means.

Hodge Takes Down 'Pathetic' HMRC Over Tax Evasion Failure

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Politics

MPs have railed at HM Revenue & Customs' "pathetic" pursuit of tax dodgers amid allegations that Britain's biggest bank, HSBC, has helped rich Britons...

HSBC Tax Dodge Claims Are Also Rather Awkward For The Tories

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Politics

Britain's biggest bank HSBC helped clients cheat the UK public purse out of millions of pounds in tax by using Swiss bank accounts, according to an ex...

London Tories Attack Celeb 'X Factor' Contest To Find Next Mayor

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics

The Tories risk losing City Hall to Labour because they are obsessed with finding a celebrity to succeed Boris Johnson as mayor, senior London Tories ...

Extraordinary Number Of Asylum Seekers Wait Years To Learn Their Fate

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics

The government's week of bad news on how it controls immigration has managed to get even worse. There are still 11,000 asylum-seekers in the UK who...

IDS Is Struggling To Stop Losing Your Money

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions has been severely criticised by the Whitehall spending watchdog for failing to curb the "escalati...

Hodge Tears Into Miliband Over English Votes Delay

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband is "kicking into the long grass" the question of whether only English MPs should be able to vote on English laws, a senior Labour figure h...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: A Big Political 'Cover Up'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 7 July 2014... 1) A BIG POLITICAL 'COVER UP'? This is starting to get stomach-churning. From the Time...

Osborne Wrongly Boasted Of Raking In Billions More From Tax Dodgers

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne faces political embarrassment after HM Revenue and Customs apologised for wrongly estimating how much money it was getting in additiona...

Margaret Hodge Says Being London Mayor Would Be 'Fantastic'

Ned Simons | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
Ned Simons

"Lots of people are asking me to stand," Margaret Hodge says. But what will be the point at which the chair of the public accounts committee and terroriser of tax avoiders makes a decision?

Osborne Has Created More Tax Loopholes Than He Has Closed

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics

The coalition is continuing to create dozens of new tax reliefs - opening up fresh loopholes for the tax avoidance industry to exploit, MPs have warne...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Miliband Vs McBride

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 20 June 2014... 1) MILIBAND VS MCBRIDE Six in ten voters don't think he's up to the job of prime mini...

You're At Risk Due To Osborne's Mortgage Guarantee Plan, MPs Warn

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's flagship mortgage guarantee scheme Help to Buy has yet to demonstrate that it is providing value for money, an influential committee ...

6 Politicians Who Probably Should Not Slam Gary Barlow's Tax Avoidance

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics

Take That singer Gary Barlow has sparked calls from politicians to hand back his OBE after he allegedly invested in a tax avoidance scheme. Labour...

'Thatcher Would Be Turning In Her Grave Over Royal Mail Sale'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics

Royal Mail's controversial privatisation would have Margaret Thatcher "turning in her grave" as the business' shares went to a "masonic lodge" of City...

Why Won't City Watchdog Probe The Royal Mail Privatisation?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics

Royal Mail's controversial privatisation will not be probed by the Financial Conduct Authority, despite its cheap valuation meaning that the taxpayer ...

Starbucks Suffers First EVER UK Sales Fall

PA | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK

Starbucks reported its first ever fall in UK sales last year, during a period when it was hit by a customer boycott over its tax payments. The US-o...

Asylum Seeker Accommodation 'Unacceptably Poor'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK

Vulnerable asylum seekers were left in "unacceptably poor" accommodation following a bungled Home Office project, an influential committee of MPs has ...

Starbucks 'Will Pay More Tax' As It Moves HQ To UK

PA | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Starbucks is moving its European headquarters from the Netherlands to the UK following a row over tax avoidance. The coffee shop chain announced it...

IDS' Benefits Changes Are 'All On The Verge Of Meltdown'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith's Department for Work and Pensions is on the verge of a "meltdown" over its three major benefits programmes, warned Margaret Hodge, ...

The Government Failed To Collect Over £22 BILLION Owed To It

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics

At least £22 billion of overdue debt was owed to the Government for reasons including unpaid taxes, fines and benefit overpayments but officials have...

The Outsourcing Age: How the Government Wasted £10Billion

Hugo Winn | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Winn

We must set better regulation and improve scrutiny before handing out public sector contracts the size of NPfIT, so that no company is able to dupe our government and its shareholders into thinking it is capable of contracts it is not.

Hodge Slams 'Two-Faced' Coalition Over Stopping Tax Dodgers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Politics

Margaret Hodge has accused the "two-faced" coalition of not being "assertive" enough in its crack down on corporations avoiding tax. The Public Ac...