MP backs campaign calling for fairer tax deal for Malawi

Action Aid's 'Make Tax Fair' campaign launch at The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.
Action Aid's 'Make Tax Fair' campaign launch at The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

John Nicolson MP has backed a campaign calling for a fair tax deal for Malawi, a country with strong links with East Dunbartonshire.

ActionAid’s #MakeTaxFair campaign is pushing for reform of the 1955 UK-Malawi tax treaty, which makes it possible for UK companies operating in Malawi to dramatically reduce their tax bill. The call is part of a wider campaign to reform unfair tax treaties.

Scotland has had close links with Malawi, dating back to when Scottish explorer David Livingstone arrived there in the 1850s. Each year, more than 94,000 Scots are involved in organisations that link with Malawi, according to the Scotland Malawi Partnership, the national network which exists to coordinate, represent and support Scotland’s civic links with Malawi, and which is supporting ActionAid’s campaign.

The Scotland Malawi Partnership has a number of member organisations in East Dunbartonshire which have links with Malawi.