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Labour's response to the summary of George Osborne’s tax return

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the publication of the summary of George Osborne’s tax return, said:

“This has been a distraction not a true disclosure. Neither the Prime Minister nor the Chancellor has published their full tax return like myself or the Leader of the Labour Party.

"Instead they have provided a summary that leaves more questions than answers, which strikes me as an odd approach and is as transparent as dish water.

"But this is not about individuals, it’s about trust and fairness at the top of government. As we now know, when the Chancellor was cutting the top rate of income tax for people like himself, while at the same time saying he wasn’t wealthy enough to benefit, he was also cutting public services and support for some of the most vulnerable in our society.

"What we need now is genuine transparency and action. That is why I published Labour’s Tax Transparency Enforcement Programme. Because we need a true independent inquiry to get to the bottom of this scandal at the heart of the Tory party; and proper measures that bring trust and fairness back to our tax system.”

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