David Cameron’s best quotes about his wealth

He once said he didn’t know how many houses he had

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David Cameron’s wealth has hit the headlines again this week as it was revealed he could have benefitted from offshore funds kept by his late father.

The financial circumstances of many firms are in the spotlight as media organisations exposed the contents of the Panama Papers.

But what does the prime minister have to say about his own wealth? Here are some choice quotes from the past seven years:

2016 - “I own no shares, no offshore trusts, no offshore funds, nothing like that. And, so that, I think, is a very clear description.” Read the full article.

2016 - “In terms of my own financial affairs, I own no shares. I have a salary as prime minister and I have some savings, which I get some interest from and I have a house, which we used to live in, which we now let out while we are living in Downing Street and that’s all I have.”

2016 – On his children affording a home: “I absolutely worry about it.

“All of us who own our own homes, you can remember the magic of that first moment, the first set of keys.”

2015 – After Cameron inherited money from his father who kept his wealth in an offshore tax haven, a spokesman for the PM said: “[David Cameron] does not have any offshore assets, accounts or private shareholdings of any description.”

2013 – On tax havens: “Let’s be clear about why this tax issue matters. I mean, if companies don’t properly pay their taxes, and individuals don’t properly pay their taxes, we all suffer as a result. So it’s important we do get our own house in order.”

2009 - “I own a house in North Kensington which you’ve been to [speaking to journalist] and my house in the constituency in Oxfordshire and that is, as far as I know, all I have.”

He said his wife had had a timeshare in Devon, but she no longer did and asked if there was a fourth, the Conservative Party leader said: “I don’t think so – not that I can think of.”

Later on in the interview with the Times, Cameron said: “I was wondering how that will come across as a soundbite”

“‘Not that I can think of’ makes me sound… I am really worried about that…”

“I am still thinking about this house thing”

“Do not make me sound like a prat for not knowing how many houses I’ve got.”

2009 – Andrew Marr asked Cameron if he was worth £30m, as had been reported.

Cameron, laughing, replied: “Well, it’s not, it’s simply not true.”

Andrew Marr: “It’s not true?”

Cameron (laughing): “No, absolutely not true.”

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