MP un­der fire af­ter sup­port­ing sta­tus quo in ‘tam­pon tax’ vote

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MP DAVID Rut­ley has de­fended his de­ci­sion to vote against abol­ish­ing tax on tam­pons and other san­i­tary prod­ucts.

The Mac­cles­field MP was among Con­ser­va­tives to vote against abol­ish­ing the so-called ‘tam­pon tax’ which means women pay 5 per cent VAT on san­i­tary prod­ucts be­cause they are clas­si­fied as ‘nonessen­tial lux­ury items’ by the EU.

In 2000 VAT on tam­pons fell from 17.5pc to 5pc. But women’s groups say this does not go far enough.

MPs voted 305 to 287 against the mo­tion to scrap the tax but min­is­ters will raise the is­sue with the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

MP David Rut­ley told the Ex­press: “From the de­bate there’s clearly strong cross party sup­port for the UK to abol­ish VAT on san­i­tary prod­ucts but cur­rently we are un­able to go be­low 5pc VAT to a zero rat­ing un­der EU law.

“I’m pleased that the financial sec­re­tary has said that he will raise the is­sue with the EU com­mis­sion.”

Anita Bates, 45, from Bolling­ton, said she was dis­ap­pointed Mr Rut­ley voted against, adding: “Tam­pons are not lux­ury items, they are es­sen­tial for all women, we have no choice. David Rut­ley had an op­por­tu­nity to take a moral stand and not toe the party line.”

●● MP David Rut­ley

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