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Businesses angry at 'unfair competition' in tax rules

A senior representative of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said many businesses are angry at what they see as "two parallel tax systems" in the UK.

Answering a question on Google's tax settlement with the UK government, Dr Adam Marshall told ITV News "there is still a long way to go until a lot of businesses feel that tax is a level playing field and there is no unfair competition out there".

There is certainly a sense of anger amongst many businesses over what they see as being two parallel tax systems.

One that applies to them and another that applies to a small number of global and often multinational companies who are often able to shift their profits around the world and conduct tax avoidance scheme.

– Dr Adam Marshall, BCC's Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs

The BCC's executive director of policy and external affairs added that there is a growing perception that "there is something not right in the system".

The British Chambers of Commerce represents thousands of businesses of all sizes and sectors, which altogether employ more than 5,000,000 people.


Ex-Conservative MP criticises Met Police abuse review

Harvey Proctor has previously said allegations against him have 'wrecked' his life. Credit: Lauren Hurley / PA Wire/PA Images

Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, who was investigated by police looking into historical allegations of sex abuse, has criticised a judge-led review into how the police handled the allegations announced by Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Speaking on LBC radio, Mr Proctor, who was interviewed twice under caution by detectives investigating claims of an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster but furiously denied any involvement, said the review was a "PR campaign".

Mr Proctor said: "It is not an independent inquiry. The commissioner has appointed his own inquiry, he has appointed his own judge - or retired judge - he has set out his own terms of reference for the inquiry.

This inquiry is a personal fluff for the commissioner and as such, it should be paid out of his own £288,000 salary. If Sir Bernard wants this inquiry, without discussing it with anyone else, he should pay for it himself.

– Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor

Mr Proctor said it was the responsibility of Home Secretary Theresa May to announce an inquiry into "all aspects" of Operation Midland.

He added that he had received a letter saying Operation Midland was still ongoing and he believed Mr Hogan-Howe's position had become increasingly untenable.

Mr Proctor said: "If the Home Secretary was so irrational as to give him a one or two year extension of his contract then I do not believe he will serve his full term. He will resign or be sacked when the full details of this inquiry come out in a proper investigation, not one done for his personal benefit."

Female suicide bombers kill dozens of refugees in Nigeria

At least 56 people were killed and dozens more injured when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a refugee camp in Nigeria.

The attack happened at a refugee camp in Dikwa, north-eastern Nigeria Credit: Google Maps

Around 78 people were being treated for injuries after the twin explosions at the camp in Dikwa, which houses some 50,000 people forced to flee from Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Officials in Nigeria have pinned blame for the attack on the extremists.

More than 20,000 people have been killed in Nigeria since the Boko Haram insurgency began six years ago, and 2.5 million made homeless.

It comes after another two suicide bombers, believed to have come from Nigeria, killed 10 people and injured 40 in a border village with Cameroon's Far North province.


Striking doctors may withhold emergency care

ITV News' Mark Austin joined striking doctors as they made their way to parliament today, and found some doctors are "thinking the unthinkable" if Jeremy Hunt does not budge on the contract dispute.

A trainee anaesthetist said he, and his colleagues, would consider withholding emergency care in a future strike.

Video report by ITV News presenter Mark Austin

I would and I think the rest of my colleagues would. It would be something we would undertake with a seriously heavy heart but actually for the long term stability and safety of the NHS it's something we would all have to consider.

– Dr William Turner, trainee anaesthetist.

That move could split doctors and affect public support.

Two others told him they had already decided to move to Australia.

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