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Early Day Motion 350: Income Tax and Military Activity

Categories: Articles:Peacemaking | Published: 21/10/2014 | Views: 1546
Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
John McDonnell MP has produced an Early Day Motion calling on MPs to support a tax shift away from military activity towards non-military conflict resolution. Get your MP to back EDM 350 - so we can all have the opportunity to pay for peace

John McDonnell MP, working with Conscience, has produced an Early Day Motion (EDM) which will enable MPs in Parliament to publicly declare their support for a citizen's right to redirect the proportion of their taxes from military spending towards conflict prevention projects.

That this House recognises that addressing the root causes of conflict is a social, ethical and economic imperative for the 21st century and that Britain is a world leader in sponsoring initiatives designed to prevent and resolve conflicts through a range of mechanisms including the Conflict Pool, thus greatly contributing to global peace and security through non-military means; further recognises previous legislation for individuals of conscience to opt-out of military conscription, but those same individuals do not have the same right to opt-out of paying for, through the tax system, military activity that would go against their conscience; and notes that this dilemma can be resolved by enabling citizens to direct the proportion of their income tax that goes to the military to be placed in a non-military security fund, such as the Conflict Pool and its successors, thus allowing all taxpayers to be able to contribute their taxes with a clear conscience.

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