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.
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