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Daily View: 14 December 2009

Mornin’ all, welcome to Monday, and to the beginning of the last full working week before Christmas. What other things happened on this day in history, you ask? Well, 54 years ago, Hugh Gaitskell was elected leader of the Labour party, succeeding Clement Attlee, and six years ago Saddam Hussein was captured. But enough of the past, and on to the present …

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A couple of weeks ago, Iain Dale was casually dismissing the revelations that trustafarian Tory millionaire candidate Zac Goldsmith has been avoiding tax by registering for non-dom status: “lots of sanctimonious guff,” he told …

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Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith accused of avoiding £5.8m tax as non-dom

So writes today’s Observer:

Zac Goldsmith, David Cameron’s green adviser and a prospective Tory MP, has been accused of avoiding the payment of nearly £6m in tax during the past 10 years by adopting non-domiciled status.

Goldsmith, the prospective Conservative candidate for Richmond Park, is estimated to have a personal fortune of at least £200m, inherited from his late father, Sir James Goldsmith.

Goldsmith admitted last month that he had claimed off-shore “non-dom” status. Since the news became public, he has said he has given it up.

However, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne, has calculated that Goldsmith is likely to have

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Huhne on Goldsmith and Ashcroft: “the Tories see taxes as something that happens to other people”

Today’s Daily Telegraph reports that top Tory Zac Goldsmith did not tell his local party about his ‘non-dom’ tax status when he was selected to fight the next election against the Lib Dems’ Susan Kramer:

Earlier this week announced that he planned to surrender his “non-dom” status from the current tax year to defuse the row. However yesterday it was disclosed that Mr Goldsmith had failed to tell his local Conservative party about his tax status when he was selected as prospective parliamentary candidate for Richmond Park in March 2007. Pamela Fleming, the association’s chairman, said the matter was not

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What does £10,000 mean to you? To Zac Goldsmith it’s a “very marginal tax benefit”

Under pressure from a deeply unhappy David Cameron, the Tories’ ‘trustafarian millionaire’ candidate for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith, has at long last pledged to end his non-dom status with immediate effect – his original plan, before the row sparked by the original Sunday Times revelations, was to become a full UK taxpayer next year.

But you’ve got to love this ‘man of the people’ quote from his spokesman, who, when asked how much the change in tax status would cost Mr Goldsmith, replied:

The benefits were very marginal. I don’t know if it is £10 or £10,000.”

Hat-tip: the Evening Standard’s

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The FT on Zac Goldsmith

The Financial Times Westminster Blog gives Zac Goldsmith a thorough going over today over his tax affairs and his status as a non-dom.

The FT piece includes pointing out how the Richmond Conservative Party’s own website talks about their desire to crack down on non-doms and also David Cameron’s past criticisms of non-doms for not paying enough tax. I wonder if they knew they were talking about their own candidate, Zac Goldsmith, at the time…

You can read the full post about Zac Goldsmith here.

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Zac Goldsmith’s non-dom tax status: your LDV reader

Plenty of coverage – both in the national media and on Lib Dem blogs – of the Sunday Times’ revelations that multimillionaire Tory candidate for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith has ‘non-dom’ status to avoid paying tax in the UK on any of his offshore wealth.

Here’s what Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, Lib Dem Treasury spokesman, said:

He’s not fit to sit in Parliament when he’s claimed non-dom status all his life to keep his offshore hundreds of millions free of income, capital gains or inheritance tax.”

Here’s a round-up of some of the news coverage:

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Daily View 2×2: 30 November 2009

Welcome to a new week, and the anniversary of the end of the invasion of Iraq … first time round, that is – Operation Desert Storm officially finished in 1995. And happy birthday to David Mamet, Billy Idol, Lorraine Kelly and Gary Lineker and Gael García Bernal. On with the day …

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What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here’s are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Richmond Park: Lib Dem Hold (Jonathan Calder)

… some will ask how extraordinary personal wealth can be squared with [his’ talk in an

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Daily View 2×2: 29 November 2009

It’s Sunday. It’s 7am. It’s time for cats, but first blogs and the news.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

What are other Liberal Democrat bloggers saying? Here’s are two posts that have caught the eye from the Liberal Democrat Blogs aggregator:

Spotted any other great posts in the last day from blogs that aren’t on the aggregator? Do post up a comment sharing them with us all.

2 Big Stories

Apologies for those of you, such as the editors of our rolling news TV channels who believe that a sportsman having a minor car accident should be the top story in the news with specially extended coverage. Apparently there is other stuff going on in the world, involving minor matters such as nuclear weapons and global climate change negotiations. And so…

Iranian lawmaker: Iran could leave nuclear treaty

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Zac Goldsmith investigated for breaking donation rules

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for Richmond Park, is facing questions from the Electoral Commission for apparently making donations whilst not being on the electoral register.

This would be against the law and the Electoral Commission has taken a hard line in other cases where donations have been made by someone not on the register, most notably in the case of UKIP and the £363,697 it received from Alan Brown.

Saturday’s Financial Times* gave more details:

Conservative officials admit that Mr Goldsmith, 33, was not on the electoral roll when he gave £7,000 to his local party, a breach of the

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