Blyth MP says Tory crackdown on tax evaders has failed

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A pledged crackdown on tax evaders who fail to pay tens of millions to the Treasury has been a failure, a North East Labour MP says.

Blyth Valley’s Ronnie Campbell’s comments come after tax expert Richard Murphy estimated around £80m was not paid to the Government last year.

The MP also called on the Conservatives to reverse job cuts at HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) which he says have shrunken the workforce by 43% in just over a decade.

He said: “The current Tory-led coalition has promised a clamp-down, but have not acted on those empty promises.

“Think how many new hospitals, schools and care homes could have been built across the North East.

“It is a disgrace and the next Labour government will sort it out.”

The report, commissioned by the Public and Commercial Services union, revealed the overall amount of tax owed, evaded or avoided…

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