Harlow MP Robert Halfon sets record straight over “Offshore accounts”

Politics / Sun 10th Apr 2016 pm30 03:23pm

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has spoken to YH over a report in The Sun on his financial affairs.

The news item makes reference to Mr Halfon having offshore assets.

Mr Halfon said: “The Jardine Matheson shares were given to me some time ago by family and are properly registered on the Ministers List of Interests.

“They do not appear on the MPs’ Register of Interests because their value falls below the required threshold.

“All my financial interests are and always have been fully and properly declared”.

Jardine Matheson, is a company based in Bermuda with headquarters in Hong Kong.

Jonathan Isaby, the chief executive of Taxpayers’ Alliance told The Sun: “Taxpayers deserve full and proper transparency so that they can make their own minds up on whether their politicians are acting in the nation’s interest rather than their own.”

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3 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon sets record straight over “Offshore accounts”:

2016-04-10 18:15:23

Working hard for harlow,yeah right perhaps you should drive around the town and see the potholes for yourself or has that crusade died a death. Vote Out

2016-04-11 10:27:20

Is the Sun written by six year olds? Mr Halfon could not have invested in Jardine Matheson in Bermuda as the shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange as they have been for the last century or so. And if the Sun had bothered to check with Mr Halfon, as YourHarlow did, they would discover that he made no investment at all as the shares were a gift to him. Jardine Matheson was incorporated in Hong Kong in 1832 and grew to be a major trading conglomerate in the far east with turnover in 2013 of US$61Bn. It moved its country of registration to Bermuda from Hong Kong before the 1999 take over of Hong Kong by the Chinese government. The Sun alleges this is "a shifty investment in an offshore company". I think Jardine Matheson may take offence at being called 'shifty'.

Jerry Crawford
2016-04-13 15:50:25

Are there two Sun Newspapers? I ask this because the article in the Sun that I read made no mention that Robert Halfon had been investing in Jardine Matheson. It said merely that he had assets (not the same thing) in the company. Nor did the newspaper that I read suggest that Jardine Matheson was "shifty" That description was aimed at the MP's who were mentioned within the article. Rather than asking the question "is the Sun newspaper written by six year olds, we might consider whether in fact it is being read by six year olds??"

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