David Cameron sides with Gary Barlow in OBE row

Gary Barlow shouldn’t be forced to return his OBE over tax avoidance claims, the prime minister said this morning.

Last week it was revealed the Take That star, along with fellow members Mark Owen and Howard Donald, was faced with a substantial tax bill after putting money into an aggressive tax avoidance scheme.

The three band members, along with manager Jonathan Wild, put £66m into an investment scheme run by Icebreaker Management, which was later ruled by a judge to be a tax avoidance scheme.

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Margaret Hodge, chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee said Barlow “might show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE”.

However, speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the PM said that was not necessary, as the musician had done a lot for the country, including charity work.

But Cameron was blunt about his views of tax avoidance schemes.

“We should be very clear: tax evasion is illegal, you can be prosecuted for that, you can go to prison,” he said.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Avoidance and evasion are very different. - one is illegal on isn't! Cameron wasn't 'blunt on his views on tax avoidance schemes' he was talking about tax evasion!

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  • Questions of legality aside, someone in David Cameron's position should understand that tax avoidance by the wealthy is a controversial subject, and one about which the British public in general feels very strongly.

    By siding with Gary Barlow David Cameron is demonstrating yet again how little the current government cares about the interests of the British electorate, and how out of touch it is with reality.

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