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January 12, 2010 12:00 by Aarti Nagraj
Dubai, January 10 2010 – Andrew Mitchell MP, Britain's Shadow Secretary of State for International Development visited British Conservatives and leading businessmen at the Capital Club in Dubai International Financial Centre yesterday.
Returning from a trip to Pakistan he spoke on the importance of peace and stability as an essential first step in development for the bottom billion of the world's population and reaffirmed the Tories commitment to spending 0.7% of GDP on international development.
He defended this action at a time when 25% of all British government spending is debt funded by highlighting that encouraging development will further global stability and this is in Britain's long-term interest.
On British government spending he said that cuts are inevitable but the Conservatives would refrain from taxing expatriates on overseas earnings. When challenged on increasing the maximum number of tax free days for UK residence, Mr Mitchell said that this would not be a priority but encouraged Middle East residents to make their case
Andrew Mitchell MP closed his remarks by highlighting just how close the general election will be and encouraged all Britons abroad to register to vote through www.dontleaveyourvoteathome.com
Zulfi Hydari, Co-Chairman of Conservatives Abroad in Dubai said, “We are delighted Andrew Mitchell MP was able to make time in his busy schedule to address a distinguished group of British Conservatives and leading businessmen at the Capital Club.”
Mr. Hydari added, “We enjoyed strong turnout and Mr. Mitchell’s address was very well received.”
David Haigh, Co-Chairman said, “Our guests were given an opportunity to question Mr. Mitchell on various policy issues including, energy, immigration, taxation and defense. The feedback was very positive and we look forward to continuing our efforts to encourage voter registration in the run up to the next election.”
In photograph attached - from left to right:
Douglas Hansen-Luke, Philippa Buckley, Andrew Mitchell MP, Zulfi Hydari, David Haigh and Bashir Siman.
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Notes to Editors:
British Conservatives Abroad
The Conservative Party or Tory Party is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. Founded in its present form during the early 19th century, it has since been the principal party of the political right in Britain. Conservatives Abroad was established more than 20 years ago to provide a forum for Conservative supporters overseas to socialise and discuss matters of mutual interest. There are over 5 million British expatriates living overseas. http://www.conservativesabroad.org/
Andrew Mitchell MP
Andrew Mitchell MP is the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development as well as the Shadow Cabinet Member with responsibility for Birmingham. He was the Member of Parliament for Gedling from 1987 to 1997. During this period he held office as a Government Whip and as Minister for Social Security. He also served as a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1993. In 2001 he was re-elected to Parliament as MP for Sutton Coldfield. In November 2003, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs. From September 2004 until the end of the Parliamentary term, he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs. Following the General Election in May 2005 Andrew joined the Shadow Cabinet and was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
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Co-Chairman, Conservatives Abroad Dubai
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Co-Chairman, Conservatives Abroad Dubai
Tel: +971 4 331 4133
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