Oh, look: Not only does Charles Walker not want us to see his tax return, he also voted to cut Employment and Support Allowance for some of the UK's poorest people.

Oh, look: Not only does Charles Walker (left) not want us to see his tax return, he also voted to cut Employment and Support Allowance for some of the UK’s poorest people.

Charles Walker should have gone ahead with his bill to ban curtains. It would have demonstrated just how silly the Conservatives have become.

His bill would never have been passed, but he would have been forced to publish his tax returns.

In both cases, nobody would have seen anything they weren’t intended to.

George Osborne has agreed to make MPs exempt from anti-money laundering checks under pressure from moaning Tory backbenchers.

Tory MP Charles Walker claimed MPs and their families were being treated like “African despots”.

MPs appear on automatic watch lists of “Politically Exposed Persons” (PEP), used by banks to prevent money being funnelled into criminal gangs or hidden in offshore tax havens.

It means MPs and their families could be subject to extra checks on their bank accounts.

But the Chancellor said banks could go too far and become “disproportionate.”

Ministers will now move to exclude MPs from the watch lists in the forthcoming Bank of England bill.

Mr Osborne caved under pressure from influential Tory backbencher Charles Walker, who has been pressing for the change for some months.

Mr Walker, who chairs the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, last week threatened to table a bill banning curtains if he was forced to publish his tax returns.

Source: George Osborne agrees to exempt MPs from anti-money laundering checks under pressure from Tory backbencher – Mirror Online

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