Press Release: John McDonnell MP is outraged at extension of First Great Western’s franchise.
John McDonnell MP is outraged at extension of First Great Western’s franchise. First Great Western Railway have recently had their franchise extended. This is against a background of having handed back its franchise in 2011 in order to avoid paying more than £800m in premium payments to the government.
The Government gave First Great Western Railway the opportunity to extend their franchise whilst they were considering whether to re-franchise it again. They have now extended it again which is effectively giving First Great Western a new franchise.
John McDonnell said “It is incredible that the Government have rewarded First Great Western in this way. First Great Western have not only failed to pay £800 m in taxes but they are delivering an appalling service in my constituency. The trains are overcrowded and often cancelled. This is a good example of why we need to bring the rail network back into public service”.
John McDonnell MP attended this save the ILF protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice. The vigil was in support of three ILF recipients who are taking the government to court again to try and keep the fund open.
John said ‘Lord Freud and Lord Tebbit have confirmed what many believe is a Conservative desire to introduce a new modern form of Feudalism with Baron’s being replaced by corporations, serfs being replaced by ordinary working people and slaves replaced by people on workfare and people with disabilities. It confirms their brutal willingness to exploit even the most vulnerable within our society’.
Press Release: John McDonnell MP condemns Heathrow Airport’s non-payment of Corporation Tax
Heathrow airport has been found to have avoided paying £234 million worth of taxes.
Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee criticised Heathrow airport for not having paid corporation tax on company profits. Her Committee found that Heathrow airport had avoided paying taxes totalling £234 million by offsetting some of the costs of building Terminal 5.
Mrs Hodge said that for several years the company had “made a fortune” from its UK activities, which relied on public services, adding: “For them to pretend they are only in it for the benefit of the UK economy is a touch hypocritical.”
Local MP John McDonnell said “I am absolutely disgusted that Heathrow Airport that is now in foreign hands has got away with avoiding this huge amount of taxes. Just think how we could have invested this money locally. This could have paid for the new hospital that we need in order to replace the dilapidated buildings at Hillingdon Hospital and paid for the new homes we need to tackle our local housing crisis. I am calling upon Heathrow Airport Ltd to pay the money back. They have a moral duty to pay their way in our community.”
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