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David Gauke, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, is a former solicitor at a City tax avoidance law firm. He has been criticised for claiming expenses to cover stamp duty on a second home and for offering unpaid jobs at his constituency office.

Gauke was elected as an MP in 2005 for Hertfordshire South west.

He has been at the centre of several minor controversies since then.

In 2013, Gauke was reported to his own department, HM Revenue and Customs, after advertising an unpaid six-month “training” post at his constituency office. At the time HMRC had launched a crackdown on employers not paying the minimum wage.

Gauke had already been criticised for advertising the same unpaid post in 2012, on that occasion calling the position a voluntary internship.

No action was taken against Gauke.

In 2006, Gauke claimed over £10,000 in expenses to cover stamp duty on a second home in London to allow him to carry out his duties as an MP. However, his own home was less than an hour’s travelling time from Westminster.

Before becoming an MP, Gauke worked for Macfarlanes, a City law firm which helps clients create “tax efficient” systems. Gauke’s wife is also a solicitor specialising in corporate tax law.

As a Treasury minister, Gauke famously said it was “morally wrong” for householders to pay tradesman cash-in-hand because it allowed working people to avoid paying tax.

He argued that “ . . . if people do that they have to do so with the recognition that means taxes will be higher for the rest."

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#5 caiti 2017-06-23 12:17
Do you think they may take on board the reasons why so many people voted for Labour ? It's obvious austerity went too far so if David Gauke is in a position to acknowledge problems within the Benefits system and has the power to actually do something about those problems his appointment might be a beneficial thing.
+1 #4 tintack 2017-06-22 13:41
Quoting J330MSD:
Be thankfull Labour are not in, then the real trouble begins.


Indeed. Thankfully, under the Tories we only have an NHS on its knees, seriously ill people hounded into destitution and early graves by the use of bogus assessments, an explosion of in-work poverty and the number of people relying on food banks, an economy increasingly based on low wage, insecure jobs and propped up by unsustainable levels of household debt, and a minority government trying to shore up its position by doing a deal with a bunch of religious fundamentalists . No "real trouble" at all then.
-4 #3 J330MSD 2017-06-20 11:35
Quoting mrfibrospondodysthmatic:
Oh well here we go for another 5 years of miserly lined up for us all again with this shambolic conservative goverment. Only this time with a bent new secretary of state for work and pensions,

Lets hope labour can block some legislations in the commons, which may go in our, well just, and deserved favour.

But dont hold your breath lol

Be thankfull Labour are not in, then the real trouble begins.
+4 #2 tintack 2017-06-16 02:05
Quoting mrfibrospondodysthmatic:
Oh well here we go for another 5 years of miserly lined up for us all again with this shambolic conservative goverment. Only this time with a bent new secretary of state for work and pensions,

Lets hope labour can block some legislations in the commons, which may go in our, well just, and deserved favour.

But dont hold your breath lol


In a hung parliament it's almost impossible for a government to get anything controversial through, which should hopefully mean that things don't get any worse even if they don't get any better. I can't see this parliament lasting anywhere near the full 5 years either. Mrs. Strong and Stable's position looks far too weak for that.
+3 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2017-06-15 21:34
Oh well here we go for another 5 years of miserly lined up for us all again with this shambolic conservative goverment. Only this time with a bent new secretary of state for work and pensions,

Lets hope labour can block some legislations in the commons, which may go in our, well just, and deserved favour.

But dont hold your breath lol

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