Shadow chancellor Francis Maude MP promised a business lobby he would 'battle royal' until the proposed IR 35 tax had been abandoned.Senior Conservative Party figures, including Maude, today met with furious business groups lobbying against parliament's proposed 'stealth tax' on the self-employed in what was described by the Conservative Party as 'a march on Parliament.'The lobby - organised by the Professional Contractors' Association and the 3 Sixty group - met at the House of Commons ahead of IR 35 proposals which will be debated during tonight's Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill. A vote on the proposals was expected towards midnight.Maude, joined by Shadow Social Security Secretary David Willetts and Liberal Democrat representaive, the MP for Twickenham Vincent Cable, told the lobby the battle to defeat the proposal would continue into next year in the Finance Bill.Maude, accused the government of not listening to the small business community. He added: 'We are not after concessions from the government. We are after the proposals being abandoned.'This tax is ill thought out and would be a disaster for entrepreneurs in Britain. Tens of thousands of them will be forced to go abroad or close down altogether if it goes ahead.'
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