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New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: I give way to the hon. Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn).

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: I am aware that there is a significant number of people in that category, and I pay tribute to what many of them do through their private charity in choosing to give their own money to charitable causes, whether here or overseas. But that is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about taking away money from our constituents under threat of law and forcibly transferring it...

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: No, I want to finish my point. I say again that that polling is simply ignored by a cosy cartel of establishment parties that put aside what their constituents want and displace it with what they want instead—

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: Then they vote that into law, which I oppose.

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: I do accept that spirit, and I believe that people deserve great credit when they give voluntarily, out of their own resources. What I object to is Members of this House forcing people to give their money to overseas aid through the force of law, when only 7% of our electorate support that course of action.

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: I thank the Minister for his intervention. It reveals the extent of the weight he attaches to the views of our constituents. Members are voting in large numbers to increase and put into law the 0.7%, which represents a rising amount of output, as though they were doing something on behalf of their constituents, when they know that the vast majority of their constituents do not want them to do...

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: The hon. Gentleman is quite correct. He is one of the very few Members who appear actually to vote as their constituents would wish them to. We have heard today that the numbers are being revised upwards still further. We are now going to be spending £12.4 billion on overseas aid. My party wants to reduce that amount—[Interruption.] We do not want to eliminate it entirely, as the hon....

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: No, I do not acknowledge that; the idea that by giving all this overseas aid we are reducing immigration to our country is complete baloney. Immigration tends to come much more from middle income people; the most strife-torn and poorest people do not have the money to pay people smugglers to come illegally to our country. I do not think the argument the hon. Lady makes is right, and the...

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: I think right hon. and hon. Members should listen to all our constituents. The problem is that we listen greatly to those who write to us and lobby us on these matters, but we ignore the fact that the vast majority of our constituents are opposed to what they want. That is why I refer to the radical tradition—the tradition of Gladstonian finance. It is now being represented not in the hon....

New Clause 7 — Applicability and expiry of the provisions of this Act (5 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: I could not disagree more. The difference between the Liberal Democrat party today and the Liberal party of Gladstone could not be greater. What Gladstone would have welcomed—what he was extolling—was private charity. The last thing he would want is the Government to tax people—on the pain of fines unless they give their money, and of going to prison if they do not pay the fines—and...

Backbench Business: Financial Conduct Authority Redress Scheme (4 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: It is a privilege to follow the hon. and learned Member for Harborough (Sir Edward Garnier). He said that the Treasury should be leaning on the Financial Conduct Authority. I wonder where the Financial Conduct Authority itself should be leaning, because it has a considerable incentive to get this right. We are talking about a precedent-setting voluntary redress scheme. In theory, if there is...

Backbench Business: Financial Conduct Authority Redress Scheme (4 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: I was not aware that Barclays was one of only two banks in that category. I am talking about a particular instance involving my constituents. They have an award, including interest, of £140,000, but they are only allowed to get that £140,000 if they give up their claim for consequential loss. As the hon. Gentleman says, that is unfair and I would encourage Barclays to look at that again,...

Business of the House: Stamp Duty Land Tax (4 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: rose—

Business of the House: Stamp Duty Land Tax (4 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: Was the Minister citing his own view just now, or merely regurgitating that of the OBR, because the major change in its forecast, of course, is that it has just changed its forecasting method from assuming that it will be average earnings in future to employing a model that it had only used in earlier years?

Business of the House: Stamp Duty Land Tax (4 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: May I put on the record a correction in relation to figures that were mentioned earlier in the debate? Purchasers of houses between £937,000 and £1 million lose out. Then there is another quite significant area from £1 million up to, I think, between £1.15 million and £1.2 million that will benefit from the reform.

Business of the House: Stamp Duty Land Tax (4 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for St Albans (Mrs Main), who has set a superb example to those on the Treasury Bench of how to extol this policy. She also secured a Westminster Hall debate, which was useful in pressing the arguments for it. Notwithstanding today’s procedural issues, the Treasury deserves credit for introducing this measure. It has taken four and a half years of...

Business of the House: Stamp Duty Land Tax (4 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: The hon. Lady is absolutely right, and that requirement comes when people are most capital-constrained, especially in the current mortgage market. So charging the tax in that way restricts mobility, restricts spending on moving home and leads to fewer transactions. I have had constituents who have moved from St Albans to Rochester and Strood, attracted by our better-value housing stock. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Autumn Statement (3 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: If the economy is doing as well as the Chancellor says, why are we borrowing more than France, Italy, Spain and Greece?

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medway Hospital (2 Dec 2014)

Mark Reckless: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reason was for the time taken for the Quality Care Commission to publish the report of its August inspection of Medway Hospital's accident and emergency unit.


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