Amazon petition debated in Parliament
Independent bookshops' petition signed by over 170,000
The petition organised by independent booksellers Frances and Keith Smith, who run Kenilworth and Warwick bookshops, was debated in Parliament recently.
MPs from across the political parties attended and raised their concerns about the tax arrangements of multinational companies like Amazon.
When he opened the debate Chris White MP paid tribute to the petition, saying he wanted the debate to take place not only because of the gravity of the issue but because of the 170,000 signatures gathered. He said it proved that:
"Individuals can make a difference in politics … and we should encourage more citizens to take similar action."
MPs discussed many issues including the need for HM Revenues & Customs to be tougher on tax avoidance. You can read the full debate here.
With this growing support Franics and Keith are continuing the campaign. In July they will be writing to Amazon directors and board members asking them to respond directly to the petition. They will also follow-up with HMRC to ask them if they are really doing all they can to make sure companies are paying their fair share of tax.
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