A Quiet Word:
Lobbying, Crony Capitalism
and Broken Politics in Britain

Michael Anthony Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft, (born 4 March 1946) is an international businessman and politician. He is a former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and the 37th richest person in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times Rich List 2009, with an estimated fortune of £1.1 billion. Ashcroft holds dual British and Belizean nationality, and is a belonger of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He sat on the Conservative benches of the House of Lords until 2015, having been ennobled as a life peer in 2000. His peerage was controversial due to his status as tax exile, a Cabinet Office statement that he would take up permanent residence in the UK for tax purposes, [1]
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