MP to give profit from second home to charity

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    MP John Baron has announced his intention to give any profit from the sale of his Second Home to charity.

    Whilst this is a laudable thing to do, I feel that any profit should be paid back into the fund from which it came to offset the cost of other MPs (legitimate) expenses.



    MP to give £60,000 second home profit to charity
    A Conservative MP is to donate £60,000 made from the sale of his second home to charity.

    John Baron recently sold the three-bedroom house in Billericay, Essex, for around £250,000, having bought it for £153,500 in 2000.

    He said he would give the profit, after costs and capital gains tax were deducted, to a "range" of good causes.

    The Basildon and Billericay MP, a former soldier, told the BBC he felt it was the "right thing to do".

    Mr Baron has claimed expenses for mortgage interest payments on the property, which doubled up as his constituency office, since he was elected to Parliament in 2001.

    'Not right'

    He will now stay at hotels when carrying out duties in the area and will rent an office.

    Mr Baron, who served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers before becoming a fund manager, said: "I've always maintained that the vast majority of people going into politics do so because they believe in public service, not to make money.

    "It's not right that the taxpayer-funded part of my capital gains should be kept by me.

    "I didn't have to do this, but I feel it's the right thing to do."

    Mr Baron said the money was in a "ring-fenced" bank account and would go to several charities, including those which help former armed forces personnel.
  2. LancePrivateJones

    LancePrivateJones LE Book Reviewer

    Whilst it is a nice gesture, it may have carried a little more weight (and sincerity) if he had done this prior to the revelations in the Telegraph last year.
  3. "My tumour is marginally less cancerous than the other bloke's", isn't my idea of a proud boast, I'm afraid.

    In other words, he's happy to give generously to charity provided it doesn't cost him anything personally. He's just as much of a chancer as any of the rest of them and no less of a cunt.
  4. Sounds like John is riddled with guilt to me.
    I doubt very much that this feeble gesture will redeem M.Ps as a whole.
  5. The fund he bought his house from was us,the tax payer,the money should come back to us :evil:
  6. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Yep - I agree with the above. Profits on anything the taxpayer has been obliged to buy in the first place should go back to the taxpayer to offset further costs being loaded onto them.

    I don't see the profits the government plans to make on the purchase/bailouts of banks and subsequent share values on resale being given to charities - they'll go back to the exchequer and quite rightly too.

    When British Telecom got sold, the government didn't give the proceeds to charity . . . in fact, our elected representatives then allowed us to buy shares in a company we once owned - but don't tell fcuking Sid eh?!!!!!

    MPs could of course be given a 'Right to buy' for the things we, the taxpayers have bought in their names. Like that fcuk-off gurt plasma telly we bought to go in your grace-and-favour house do you? Well, you can buy it off us at a decreasing annual rate, subject to its decrease in value. Want o make a killing on the house we bought do you? How's about you buy it off us at the full market value and sit on it for a while?
  7. The system is there for him to claim and he used it, I've got no dramas with that, it's what we'd all do if we're honest.

    The ones who have been committing fraud and have used their position to cheat the law I do have problems with, these c*nts should be in prison, but instead they fed the people 3 sacrificial back bench lambs and look to have gotten away with it.
  8. He was legally allowed to claim and has now said that the money that was made from that claim will not go into his pocket.

    What's the issue? Would a better result be that he still kept within the rules, kept quiet and kept the money?

    So he deducts costs from it, so what? He gives 90% of the profit to charity after the necessary legal fees involved in selling a house are deducted as opposed to 0% that any other MP has done

    Bliars babies are just p1ssed off because ironically (with them allegedly being socialists and "for the people") it wasn't one of their pseudo socialist that thought of it first.
  9. msr

    msr LE

  10. Just did.

    Interesting social engineering stuff but WHAT THE FCUK did it have to so with anything that was previously posted on here? I am struggling more than an oiled up seal trying to climb a lamp post to escape from a particularly agile polar bear with a helicopter to see what possible relevance it has.
  11. Didn't you just offer to give a lot of money to VAT Stella? :D
  12. Nope, I most definitely declined.

    I have contributed enough over the last 13 years as HMRC's unpaid tax collector, they definitely got the better end of the deal :)
  13. Caecilius

    Caecilius LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    It cost him £60,000 which he could have kept. Keeping it would have been unpopular and possibly immoral, but it would have been perfecty legitimate.
  14. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

  15. Nice of him to give money he basically stole to charity. Can we still jail him?