Andrea Leadsom, Theresa May and Michael Gove offer to publish tax returns

Posted On: 
3rd July 2016

The three frontrunners to succeed David Cameron have said they are willing to publish their tax returns.

Theresa May, one of five candidates to lead the Conservative party, has offered to publish her tax return
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Andrea Leadsom, Theresa May and Michael Gove all this morning said they would disclose information on their earnings ahead of the Conservative membership vote on who should be the next leader.

Ms Leadsom, a former City trader, was asked whether she would publish her return on the Andrew Marr Show this morning.

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“Yes, I’m perfectly happy to publish my tax returns,” she replied.

On whether the information would emerge before the vote, she said: “I’ll have to think about that, but in principle I have no problem with it” before adding: “Yes, ok, yes.”

Michael Gove followed suit on the same programme, and Ms May, currently the favourite to be next Prime Minister, told ITV’s Peston on Sunday:

“If people feel that somebody who is going to be Prime Minister should publish their tax return, I am happy to do that.”

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, who earlier this year published his tax return online, said the releases must be the full tax returns.

David Cameron released information on his earnings after his father was implicated in the ‘Panama Papers’ cache.