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Date published: 2009/11/30

The BBC says:

Environmentalist and Conservative Parliamentary candidate Zac Goldsmith said he had gained "very few benefits" from having non-domiciled tax status.

Mr Goldsmith, who inherited millions from his father Sir James, denied claims he "dodged" huge sums in tax.

But the Lib Dems have called on the Conservatives to sack him as a candidate for Richmond Park in London, which is currently held by them.

Mr Goldsmith also advises Tory leader David Cameron on green issues.

It is unbelievable that Cameron allowed Goldsmith to become a Parliamentary candidate. Many MPs don't get what the problem is with their expenses. Many bankers don't get what the problem is with their bonuses. And Goldsmith evidently doesn't get what the problem is with his non-dom status. It is all very well for him to claim that he has had "very few benefits" but that is just on his say so, and he has not even come close to proving it. Welcome to the Tory Party circa 2009, just like the Tory Party circa 1959.

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