PM 'won't get offshore funds in future'

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Downing Street has been forced to further throw light on David Cameron’s financial affairs after questions about his species’s tax arrangements.

No 10 said there were “no offshore trusts or subsidizes” that the prime minister or his immediate family would benefit from “in following”.

Labour say questions still remain and want him to publish his tax returns.

It finish a go over after a row over an investment fund set up by Mr Cameron’s late father Ian.

Leaked documents revealed Ian Cameron was a client of namanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and in use accustomed to one of the most secretive – albeit lawful – tools of the offshore trade after he improved set up a fund for investors.

‘Still questions’

Downing Street initially pronounced Mr Cameron’s tax affairs were a “private matter”.

But after a day of questions from the course about whether his family retains an interest in the fund, Downing Avenue took the unusual step of issuing a statement saying Mr Cameron, his little woman and his children “do not benefit from any offshore trusts”.

And Mr Cameron himself symbolized he had no shares or income from offshore trusts.

It followed a call from Childbirth leader Jeremy Corbyn for an independent inquiry into Britons joined to tax haven allegations – including Mr Cameron’s family.

Media captionChancellor George Osborne is crushed over his financial affairs

But there was criticism that Mr Cameron had not indicated whether he had already benefitted, or would gain in the future, from offshore funds.

In its dilatory statement, issued on Wednesday, Downing Street told the BBC: “There are no offshore empowers or funds from which the prime minister, Mrs Cameron or their young gentlemen will benefit in future.”

The statement did not address the issue of whether Mr Cameron had at one time gained from his late father’s investment fund – which Overemphasize’s Wes Streeting said needed clarifying.

“I think there are still questions here whether or not he benefited in the st,” the MP, who sits on the Commons Treasury Special Committee, told BBC Radio 4 Today.

Labour MP Jess Phillips assaulted David Cameron’s late father for not ” ying his fair share” of tax – intending it was “utterly disgusting,” in a blog for the Huffington Post.

She said Mr Cameron “doesn’t indigence our praise for ying his tax”, adding: “He’s not a very clever boy, he’s a Dialect right average boy who used privilege rather than brains to get where he got.”


Division

By BBC Assistant Political Editor Norman Smith

Number Ten are clearly precarious to close down the ongoing story about the prime minister’s tax concerns.

Hence, four statements in 24 hours.

But every time they unite down one line of questioning – it simply opens up another one. Number Ten attach to the hope that the storm will blow over. But are they whistling in the curl?

Well, perhaps not.

Journalists may keep asking ever more Daedalian and detailed questions but will people still be interested?

Secondly, tax havens, offshore readies, bearer shares… it’s all very complicated and perhaps a bit of a turn-off.

And irrevocably it’s a bit of a “Bullingdon” row.

Everyone knows Mr Cameron comes from a wealthy and protected background.

Those that think this disqualifies him from being prime curate will probably continue to do so. Those that think it doesn’t amount, will also probably continue to do so.


Mr Corbyn said he would bruit about his tax returns and called on the prime minister to do the same.

Chancellor George Osborne said the administration had done more than any previous government to tackle tax evasion and avoidance and to “transform sure people y the taxes that are owed”.

Asked whether he himself had good from an offshore fund, Mr Osborne said: “All of our interests as minister residents and MPs are declared in the register of members’ interests. We’ve made our position very sure.”

A source close to the chancellor later said Mr Osborne “has no offshore engrosses, in shares or anything else” and had “made clear” his interests were “aptly declared” in the register.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid, who is in India for talks with Tata Steel, was beseeched about his own financial affairs, and told the BBC: “I don’t have any overseas trusts or abroad funds.”

The prime minister is hosting an international anti-corruption summit in London in May as intimate of the government’s trans rency agenda.

Mr Cameron has said the government has reclaimed billions of pulsates and led the world in having an open register of beneficial owners of com nies, which is due to leak out into force in June.

He is facing calls to increase the pressure on tax haven UK abroad territories to fully open up their business registers to UK law enforcement media to improve trans rency.

Labour has also called on the prime minister to think about taking “direct rule” of UK overseas dependencies and territories that do not yield with UK tax laws.

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