Corbyn demands FULL tax return from Cameron – and a Parliamentary probe

Image problem: David Cameron has been squirming for days, as shown in this cartoon by B Jennings. And he's not in the clear.

Image problem: David Cameron has been squirming for days and is still not in the clear, as shown in this cartoon by B Jennings.

The evasions continue. After promising to publish his tax returns four years ago, David Cameron finally got around to giving us a summary.

That’s not good enough for Labour’s top team of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, and it’s not good enough for the public, either.

We need to see what he submitted as his earnings to HMRC and work out how far it deviated from what he actually received.

It is welcome that John Mann has called for the Parliamentary standards commissioner to investigate – but let’s remind ourselves that this is the same person who has let George Osborne and many other MPs off the hook, many times in the past.

The most notable recent example was the exoneration of Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw after they were accused of ‘cash for questions’ offences – on the grounds that they only offered to commit the offence and did not actually go through with it.

David Cameron must publish his FULL tax returns, Jeremy Corbyn has declared – not just a potted summary by his accountants.

The millionaire Prime Minister set a historic precedent today by publishing details of his £1.3million income over six years.

But the Labour leader said Number 10’s dossier was not enough – because he wants to see the entire documents the Camerons sent to HM Revenue and Customs.

Mr Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I want to see the papers.

“We need to know what he’s actually returned as a tax return, we need to know why he put this money overseas in the first place and whether he made anything out of it or not before 2010 when he became Prime Minister.”

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell backed to call to know if the PM was being honest, telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “We haven’t seen the full tax returns yet so we can’t make that judgement. What we’ve seen is a summary”.

As the clamour grew today for full transparency, Mr Corbyn called for a sleaze watchdog to probe whether the PM’s shares in his dad’s offshore fund should have been formally declared.

David and Samantha Cameron trousered £19,000 profit by selling shares in Bahamas-based Blairmore Holdings – but did not declare it on the MPs’ register of interests.

That’s because MPs are only required to register shares with a value of more than £70,000.

The PM is already being reported to the Parliamentary Standards commissioner by Labour MP John Mann, but the watchdog hasn’t yet decided whether to mount an inquiry.

Meanwhile Labour’s top duo are putting mounting pressure on all MPs to publish their tax returns – which Mr Corbyn has said he plans to do shortly.

Mr McDonnell said all MPs [should] publish their tax details like he did earlier this year.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn says David Cameron should publish his FULL tax returns and face a Parliamentary probe – Mirror Online

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6 thoughts on “Corbyn demands FULL tax return from Cameron – and a Parliamentary probe

  1. mohandeer

    I remember the HMRC posting about a self employed plumber who according to them owed tax, he was not allowed his tax affairs to be “a private matter”, also a female hairdresser. It is worth noting, that neither is running the country and announcing for all the world to hear that the use of tax havens is immoral. Of course, neither of them was earning enough to profit from a tax haven in the first place. But isn’t that the most galling point of contention now being aired?

  2. Michael Broadhurst

    what should be equally concerning is the £50,000 + his wife has been said to have used of taxpayers money in employing a “fashion or beauty advisor ” whatever that is.
    they like chucking OUR money around dont they ?

  3. JohnDee

    “Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw…only offered to commit the offence and did not actually go through with it….”

    That’s at least 11 years for “Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 s. 5” on anyone else’s charge sheet, init?

    And two years for “Intercourse with an animal Sexual Offences Act 2003 s. 69 “!

    Can’t see them being so lenient on benefit fraud, though.

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