Officers

The APPG on Responsible Tax currently has eight registered officers from across the political spectrum.

In addition to the officers the group also has a number of Parliamentary members from the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Chair: Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP

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Margaret Hodge has been Member of Parliament for Barking since June 1994 and was the first female elected Chair of the Public Accounts Committee from 2010-2015 where she rigorously investigated public spending to ensure that tax payers were getting the best value for their money.

She became a junior minister in 1998 and was made Minister for Universities in 2001, and remained there until 2003 when she was made Children’s Minister. She was the first Minister for Children appointed in a newly created post within the Department for Education and Skills. In 2009 Margaret was appointed Minister of State for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

 

Vice Chair: Richard Bacon MP

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Richard Bacon has been MP for South Norfolk since the 2001 General Election.

Richard was a member of the James Committee on Taxpayer Value set up by former Conservative Leader Michael Howard under the chairmanship of leading company doctor David James, in order to review the effectiveness and efficiency of all government spending. He is now an in a member of Parliament’s public spending watchdog, the influential Public Accounts Committee.

In 2012, MPs voted Richard as the ‘Commons Select Committee Member of the Year’, for which the citation read: “Forensic, energetic, and committed, Richard Bacon has carved a political niche as the Public Accounts Committee’s most effective performer”. The Spectator magazine has twice named Richard as ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’, in 2006 and in 2013.

 

Officer: Lord Stewart Wood

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Stewart Wood became a life Peer in 2011 and is a former Shadow Minister without Portfolio.

Stewart is a trained academic with practical experience of front-line politics and policy development. From 1995, he taught politics as a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford University, and his publications focused on welfare and economic policy in Europe and North America, as well as constitutional reform and public policy in the UK.

Stewart was a special adviser to the Chancellor on the Treasury’s Council of Economic Advisers (2001-2007) and a special adviser on FCO, DCMS matters and Northern Ireland at No10 for Prime Minister Gordon Brown (2007-2010). After the 2010 General Election, he worked on Ed Miliband’s campaign for the Labour leadership.

 

Officer: Ian Blackford MP

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Following Ian’s success at the 2015 General Election winning the trust of voters to represent the constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber, he was appointed Pensions Spokesperson for the SNP Westminster Group. Here he fronts an energetic team which includes his close friend Mhairi Black MP. He is committed to ensuring a fair deal for pensioners which has been displayed most prominently in championing the WASPI campaign in Parliament at every opportunity.

Ian was born and bred in Edinburgh and educated at the Royal High. Following his first job working at Bank of Scotland as a teller, life quickly took Ian to London. It’s in this city that his career and expertise in finance began, working his way from the bottom all the way up the ladder, eventually culminating in him leading Deutsche Bank operations in both The Netherlands and Scotland.

 

Officer: Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP

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At the general election on 7 May 2015, Caroline Flint was re-elected as the Labour MP for Don Valley nearly trebling her majority. She has been the MP for Don Valley since 1997, living near her constituency with her husband Phil Cole who is a Doncaster councillor. They have three children, now adults, who all went to school in Doncaster.

As a new MP Caroline formed the first All Party Childcare Group which paved the way for Parliament’s workplace nursery. She brought to this her prior experience as a working mum but also as Chair of the Workplace Nurseries Campaign which persuaded Margaret Thatcher’s Government to stop taxing this provision.

She became a Minister in 2003 at the Home Office overseeing tackling organised crime, guns, drugs and Justice and Home Affairs EU policies. This was followed by Minister of State roles in Health, Employment and Welfare reform, Housing and Europe. She is a Privy Counsellor.

 

Officer: Mark Durkan MP

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Mark Durkan has been MP for Foyle since the 2005 General Election.

Mark has served as Minister for Finance & Personnel (1999-2001) and Deputy First Minister (2001-2002) in the Northern Ireland Executive, and as Leader of the SDLP (2001-2010).

He is a member of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union. He speaks on Treasury, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Human Rights for the SDLP. His Public Bill committees have included two Financial Services / Banking Reform Bills, Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill and Modern Slavery Bill. As a member / officer of a number of APPGs he has actively supported a number of campaigns for tax justice, against corruption and for aid / trade transparency.

 

Officer: Seema Malhotra MP

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Seema Malhotra MP was elected Labour and Co-Operative Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston in December 2011, and she is a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Exiting the European Union.

Seema recently served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and continues to keep an interest in economic affairs, productivity, how we grow and share prosperity and youth education achievement. From 2014-2015, she served as Shadow Home Office Minister for Preventing Violence against Women and Girls where she led on aspects of the Serious Crime Bill for Labour. She has also been an Opposition Whip and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, who is now the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

 

Officer: Craig Mackinlay MP

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Since his election as Member of Parliament for South Thanet Craig has actively engaged in shaping policy in Westminster. He was elected to both the Work and Pensions Select Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee. On the Work and Pensions Select Committee Craig has taken an active interest in pensions policy acting as the Conservative lead on the committee’s auto-enrolment inquiry. In addition, Craig was selected from the Work and Pensions Select Committee to serve on the joint-BHS inquiry.

Craig took a leading role in questioning both Sir Phillip Green and Dominic Chappell about the sale of the company in 2015 as well as the role of Paul Sutton. Craig continues to focus on pension policy concerns such as master trusts, continued concerns regarding the auto-enrolment rollout and the long term future of DB schemes. On the European Scrutiny Committee Craig has been a fierce critic of excessive European bureaucracy frequently siding with the Eurosceptic wing on the Committee.