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Tory MP defends tax haven after PS40k Cayman payday.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE BY BEN GLAZE

A TWO-jobs Tory MP pocketed tens of thousands of pounds from legal firms in the Cayman Islands before attacking plans to open up tax havens to scrutiny.

Geoffrey Cox hit out at moves to force the secretive islands to expose clients in a bid to curb international money laundering.

But before speaking in Tuesday's debate, the part-time barrister failed to mention that he once represented a politician there on a corruption trial and was paid PS40,000 by two Cayman law firms.

He only revealed that he had practised in the Caribbean for 20 years at the end of the debate. Labour MP Tony Perkins said later: "No wonder people wonder whose side these Tories are on."

Mr Cox, who had entered the PS40,000 payments on the MPs' register before the debate, was contacted for comment.

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Date:May 3, 2018
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