Tax campaign bus stops off in Portsmouth

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A BUS raising awareness of tax avoidance has paid Portsmouth a visit.

On Saturday the Tax Justice Bus arrived in the city on day 16 of its 53-day tour of the UK and Ireland.

The groups behind it – Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty – are aiming to highlight how global tax dodging is hurting the poor in the UK and beyond.

Portsmouth MPs Penny Mordaunt and Mike Hancock, as well as the Very Rev David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth, welcomed the red double-decker when it stopped at Portsmouth Cathedral in Old Portsmouth between 7pm and 8.30pm.

Local people were invited to visit the bus, climb on board and learn how they can make a difference in the fight for tax justice.

Ms Mordaunt said: ‘I was delighted to come along and find out more about Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty’s campaign.

‘This is a timely visit as there is a debate in Parliament this week this issue.

‘No-one should object to companies’ accounts being completely transparent, and only those companies who have something to hide or whose conduct is morally questionable would object.’

Mr Hancock also said he welcomed the opportunity to learn more about this issue and the Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral called on the Prime Minister to take a lead on tax dodging in the G8 next year.

The Tax Justice Bus will make over 100 stops from Falmouth to Inverness and Dover to Belfast.

Anyone who wants to join its campaign – Tick for Tax Justice – can get involved by visiting christianaid.org.uk/tax-bus or church-poverty.org.uk/taxbus and you can follow the bus’s ongoing journey on Twitter @taxbus2012.