House of Commons - War & Peace – The Right to Withhold Our Taxes

Nov 16, 2016 · Greater London, United Kingdom

Join us in this House of Commons Meeting hosted by Ruth Cadbury MP on the right to withhold our taxes when our Government chooses to go to War.
We are all taxed to finance our public services and security but our taxation goes into one pot and it is the Government who makes the decision on how to use or misuse that money.
Should we have a chance to vote for what we spend our money on or at least be able to opt out of paying tax for some issues that we deeply oppose – like war for example`?
Many people in the UK opposed the war with Iraq but the Government chose to go to war and fed us all false information. Should we not have a legal right to object through our taxes? This is the topic of this meeting.

This meeting is being hosted by Ruth Cadbury MP who introduced a Bill into the House of Commons to extend the right of conscientious objection to military service into the taxation system.
Ruth Cadbury was elected in May 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth. Her motion arguing for extension of conscientious objection law was read in Parliament 100 years after the British Government was the first in the world to legalise the right of conscientious objection to military service,
This 10 Minute Bill passed its first Reading and was drafted by working closely with the campaigning organisation Conscience: Taxes for Peace Not War to secure the right to pay for peace, not war.

Also speaking will be Shaughan Dolan who is the Campaigns Manager for the peace building NGO Conscience: Taxes for Peace not War. He campaigns to protect and promote UK peacebuilding initiatives across the world.
Chris Coverdale is a peace campaigner and anti-war activist. Having conducted detailed research into the laws of war he has made numerous attempts to end Britain’s wars by legal means. He will be speaking on the Duty to Withhold Tax.

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