I set up a Facebook group today - "Transparency now on Lord Ashcroft's tax status", which declares:
The members of this group urge Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft to publicly verify whether or not he has been a permanent resident of the UK for tax purposes since taking his seat in the House of Lords in 2000. The members of this group believe that members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords must be permanently resident in the UK for tax purposes and that this should be publicly verifiable. In the UK, there is no taxation without representation. There must be no representation (albeit unelected) without taxation.
This is not a personal vendetta. Individuals have a right to confidentiality regarding their tax affairs. However, Members of Parliament are not ordinary citizens. They can change or make the laws that govern our lives. In the case of Lord Ashcroft, he is also reported to be the largest donor to the Conservative Party and to be hugely influential in the Conservative's campaign for the next General Election. His leader, David Cameron, has called for greater transparency in British politics. He should insist on transparency on the issue of the tax residency of his own Members of Parliament
If you agree, please do spread the word.