New Eastleigh MP Michael Thornton gives up Medway tax job after by-election victory
Michael Thornton won the Eastleigh
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
The new MP for Eastleigh has given up his job with a Medway
business after his sudden move to Westminster, it can be
Michael Thornton, who held the Hampshire seat for the Liberal
Democrats with a majority of more than 1,700 yesterday, has been
hailed as a tax crusader and business champion by his boss.
Murphy, managing director of Portal Tax Claims, based on Medway
City Estate, said: "I'm losing a great staff member, but the Lib
Dems are gaining a true business champion."
Portal specialises in capital allowances, advising firms on how
to gain the maximum financial benefit from government rules.
Mr Murphy, pictured right, wondered if Mr Thornton
would use his maiden speech in Parliament to bang the drum for
"Mike has been a great advocate for this overlooked, complicated
but very necessary tax break for business and we hope to see him
continue to fight the good fight in Parliament.
"The Lib Dems now have a top tax specialist in their midst and
the opposition face a tough challenger the next time there's a
debate on tax in the House.
"He's coming straight from the coalface and following a very
successful career helping hundreds of businesses secure millions in
He added: "We're sorry to lose him but no doubt the tax man will
take a different view on seeing the back of a sharp opponent."
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