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PM's dodgy tax views 'partial'
David Cameron declined to criticise Gary Barlow for tax avoidance because he is a Conservative supporter, Labour has suggested in the Commons.
Shadow leader of the House Angela Eagle said the Prime Minister had rushed to a TV studio while in Mexico to condemn the tax arrangements of comedian Jimmy Carr, who was revealed in The Times to be using an offshore firm called K2 to legally reduce his tax liability.
Similar reports have emerged about Take That singer Mr Barlow, who has supported Mr Cameron.
And Ms Eagle, who also questioned awarding Mr Barlow an OBE in the Birthday Honours list, asked in the Commons why Mr Cameron was "partial" in his view of what was dodgy in the tax system.
Speaking at business questions, Ms Eagle said: "Oddly, (Mr Cameron) did not take the opportunity to condemn as morally repugnant the tax avoidance scheme used by Conservative supporter Gary Barlow, who has given a whole new meaning to the phrase Take That.
"If he is also morally repugnant, why has he been given an OBE in the Birthday Honours?
"Why is the Prime Minister's view of what's dodgy in the tax system so partial?
"Sir Philip Green has interesting tax arrangements but far from being labelled morally repugnant in a Mexico TV studio, he has got a Government review to head up.
"The reality is, this Government is cutting HMRC resources making it much harder to tackle tax avoidance schemes, and in the botched budget the Government is giving every millionaire a legal way to reduce their taxes by cutting tax for the richest 1%.
"Could you arrange for the part-time Chancellor to make a statement explaining why the Government is cutting taxes for millionaires when hard working families are struggling to make ends meet?"
Leader of the Commons Sir George Young replied: "There are a number measures we are introducing (Labour) failed to introduce, a general anti-avoidance rule, measures to ensure at least some tax is paid by those on high incomes and of course the Chancellor will be at the Despatch Box on Tuesday in a position to answer questions."
Chancellor George Osborne pledged a crackdown on tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance in the Budget earlier this year, labelling the practice "morally repugnant".