LONDON – Jeremy Corbyn accused Theresa May of standing up for “super rich” tax avoiders during prime minister’s questions.
The Labour leader said that “there is one rule for the super-rich and another for the rest of us” after detailing how up to £190 billion is not paid in tax every year, more than the NHS budget.
Corbyn said: “Our schools’ budgets are being cut. More people waiting longer for treatment on the National Health Service. More elderly and disabled not getting the social care they need.
“Does the prime minister think it acceptable that when it comes to paying taxes, there’s one rule for the super-rich and another for the rest of us.”
In response, the prime minister retorted that “the top 1% in this country are paying 28% of the tax burden,” which she claimed was the “highest percentage ever under any government.”
May said the real problem was that “we spend more than £50 billion on interest on those we have borrowed from as a result of the Labour party,” which she said was more than the NHS pay budget.
Watch the exchange below
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Corbyn highlighted a tax avoidance scheme used to import private planes to the UK through the Isle of Man, saying that 957 business jets “seemed a bit excessive for any island, anywhere,” and called for the scheme to be properly investigated.
Both May and Corbyn pledged to tackle the sexual harassment scandal engulfing Westminster, with the Labour leader telling MPs “we need better protections for all.”