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UK’s Cameron slips in polls amid tax saga

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron listens during a plenary session of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit April 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting the fourth and final in a series of summits to highlight accomplishments and make new commitments towards reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism.   Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 01: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron listens during a plenary session of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit April 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is hosting the fourth and final in a series of summits to highlight accomplishments and make new commitments towards reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

David Cameron’s approval rating has slipped, with a tax row taking its toll on the prime minister, according to a poll published Friday.

The YouGov poll was taken in the wake of revelations in the Panama Papers that Cameron’s late father had an offshore fund but before the prime minister admitted to having held shares himself in the company.

The new survey showed Cameron’s approval rating at 34 percent compared to 39 percent in a similar poll in February.

The same rating for opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn rose to 30 percent compared to 25 percent.

The poll also showed Cameron and finance minister George Osborne to be the least trusted politicians on tax avoidance, with 68 percent of respondents saying they would not trust the British prime minister.

Seventy percent said they would not trust Osborne.

Cameron admitted Thursday he had held a £30,000 stake in the offshore fund, selling the stake in the Bahamas-based trust in 2010, four months before he became prime minister.

Downing Street issued four statements following Sunday’s publication of the leaked files, which showed how Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca had helped firms and wealthy individuals set up offshore companies.

He initially dismissed the story as a private matter before saying he and his wife and children would not benefit from any offshore funds in the future.

The prime minister maintains that he paid full income tax on the dividends paid by the fund.

Labour MP John Mann said Cameron had “no choice but to resign”, and is to call for an investigation into whether Cameron broke the MP’s code of conduct.

Cameron’s popularity had already slipped as a result of the widening divisions in his Conservative party over the EU referendum.

He is leading the campaign for Britain to stay in the European Union in the June 23 referendum.

But London’s Tory mayor Boris Johnson, six senior Conservative ministers and an estimated third of the party’s 330 MPs are backing a so-called Brexit.



2 Comments
  • FirecloudOFGOD

    We shall see between Cameron and Saraki, who will resign first!

    • ADER DELE

      Forget it, Saraki is harden criminal never expect him to resign, with other thieves to follow him around in the senate for a crump of stolen money they will even fight over him to be impeached. Our senators &Reps have no soul so forget about conscience.

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