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:Cameron and Hague under pressure to sack 'non-dom' Ashcroft
Under pressure: The Tory leadership are being urged to sack Lord Ashcroft
'William Hague was coming under continuing pressure today over Conservative donor Lord Ashcroft, after admitting he was wrong to claim the billionaire would pay "tens of millions of pounds" more in tax if made a peer in 2000.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband last night repeated calls for Lord Ashcroft to be sacked as Tory deputy chairman, saying there had been "a decade of deception at the top of the Conservative Party" over his tax status.
Mr Hague has previously insisted he learnt only a few months ago that Lord Ashcroft had "non-dom" status, allowing him to avoid UK tax on his massive overseas earnings. But documents released yesterday suggested, as Tory leader, he approved a deal which cleared the way for the lucrative arrangement.'
:The Tories and the tycoon: Why Ashcroft is costing Cameron dear
The billionaire businessman and Tory Party deputy chairman Sir Michael AshcroftHis millions could swing scores of marginal seats, but the Conservatives' refusal to answer a simple question about his finances undermines their claim to the moral high ground
'It was the morning of 6 May 2005 and the Conservative Party was struggling to come to terms with the devastation of a third consecutive election defeat, but at least one senior Tory could detect a silver lining.
The party leader, Michael Howard, was preparing to take the blame for the shambolic campaign by falling on his sword, but for Belize-based Baron Ashcroft of Chichester, the operation represented the vindication of a political strategy that brought the Tories into bitter conflict with all their political opponents.
Along with two other colleagues, he had organised and funded a huge campaign to boost the Tory performance in a series of marginal seats across the country. Twenty-four out of the 41 targeted had been taken from Labour; 25 of the 33 candidates who won seats from Labour or the Liberal Democrats had benefited from the fighting fund and six more sitting MPs had held their seats.'