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Taxation And Social Renewal

EDM number 457 in 1993-94, proposed by Tony Benn on 26/01/1994.

That this House, noting the grossly unfair distribution of wealth in Britain under capitalism and the widening gap between rich and poor that has taken place over the last 15 years and recalling that the present Budget deficit is entirely attributable to tax reductions given to the richest taxpayers, and the cost of unemployment that was deliberately created, is convinced that the burden of military expenditure is far higher than can be justified and that other Government policies have been wasteful and inefficient; believes that the imposition of higher levels of VAT and its extension to fuel imposes a heavy burden on those least able to pay, as do other increases in taxation imposed in the recent Budget; rejects arguments that all reductions in taxation are necessarily desirable regardless of the purpose for which the tax is raised and the social consequences that would follow; affirms that the recovery of full employment, planned defence diversification, the rebuilding of our infrastructure, the extension of essential public services and the regeneration of British industry will require massive public investment, the harnessing of the nation's savings and taxation fairly shared and assessed on the ability to pay; and calls for a clear socialist commitment to be made now, about future economic, fiscal, industrial and social policies to secure these objectives.

This motion has been signed by a total of 54 MPs, 5 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Tony Benn26/01/1994ChesterfieldProposed
Eddie Loyden26/01/1994Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Mildred Gordon26/01/1994Bow and PoplarSigned
Neil Gerrard26/01/1994WalthamstowSigned
Bill Etherington26/01/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
Jeremy Corbyn26/01/1994Islington NorthSigned
Harry Cohen26/01/1994LeytonSigned
Malcolm Chisholm26/01/1994Edinburgh LeithSigned
Ronnie Campbell26/01/1994Blyth ValleySigned
Chris Mullin26/01/1994Sunderland SouthSigned
Bill Michie26/01/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
William McKelvey26/01/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion26/01/1994Dundee EastSigned
Alice Mahon26/01/1994HalifaxSigned
Andrew MacKinlay26/01/1994ThurrockSigned
Ken Livingstone26/01/1994Brent EastSigned
Terry Lewis26/01/1994WorsleySigned
Lynne Jones26/01/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Dennis Skinner26/01/1994BolsoverSigned
Alan Simpson26/01/1994Nottingham SouthSigned
Brian Sedgemore26/01/1994Hackney South & ShoreditchSigned
Martin Redmond26/01/1994Don ValleySigned
Max Madden26/01/1994Bradford WestSigned
Diane Abbott26/01/1994Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Tony Banks26/01/1994Newham North WestSigned
Harry Barnes26/01/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Audrey Wise26/01/1994PrestonSigned
Peter Hardy27/01/1994WentworthSigned
Eric Illsley27/01/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe27/01/1994LeighSigned
Jim Dowd27/01/1994Lewisham WestSigned
John Heppell31/01/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Terry Davis31/01/1994Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Helen Jackson01/02/1994Sheffield, HillsboroughSigned
Robert Litherland01/02/1994Manchester CentralSigned
John Cummings01/02/1994EasingtonSigned
Ian Davidson01/02/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie01/02/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
Roy Hughes01/02/1994Newport EastSigned
Roger Berry01/02/1994KingswoodSigned
Gerry Steinberg01/02/1994Durham, City ofSigned
Richard Burden02/02/1994Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Michael Clapham02/02/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Roland Boyes03/02/1994Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Jean Corston07/02/1994Bristol EastSigned
Norman Godman07/02/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Edward O'Hara09/02/1994Knowsley SouthSigned
Alex Salmond11/02/1994Banff & BuchanSigned
Martyn Jones15/02/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Jack ThompsonUnknownWithdrawn
Ernie RossUnknownWithdrawn
Ron LeightonUnknownWithdrawn
Alan MealeUnknownWithdrawn
Bob CryerUnknownWithdrawn

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