Ashcroft was given a seat in the House of Lords.
When given the seat, solemn assurances were given by the then Tory party leader William Hague, that Ashcroft would give up his non-domiciled status and actually begin paying UK taxes on his fortunes.
Almost a decade later it was revealed that Ashcroft had remained non-domiciled, and that Hague’s own personal secretary James Arbuthnot had lobbied for Ashcroft to keep his non-dom status, and that Ashcroft had continue avoiding millions of pounds in UK tax on his earnings.
In February 2013, “Lord” Ashcroft announced that he was to quit funding the Tory party out of his opposition to David Cameron’s liberal attitudes, specifically his desire to introduce Gay marriage legislation.
Ashcroft has donated over £10 million in cash and services.