Tuesday 26 September 2017

MP pokes fun at Barlow tax claims

An MP has poked fun at Gary Barlow over allegations about his tax affairs
An MP has poked fun at Gary Barlow over allegations about his tax affairs

A Tory MP has poked fun at Take That star Gary Barlow over allegations he used a complex scheme to avoid tax.

Former tax accountant Nigel Mills weaved songs by the star's band into a Commons speech during consideration of the Government's latest Finance Bill.

Barlow and comic Jimmy Carr are among a number of celebrities who have both been accused of using legal avoidance schemes to minimise the amount of tax they pay. Carr later said he had made a "terrible error of judgment" following The Times' disclosure of his tax affairs.

Mr Mills said: "I'm not sure I would choose to listen to their concert or their jokes."

He said the stars could re-file their tax returns and pay the money due "if they are now feeling a little guilty about it".

In a speech littered with Take That references, the Amber Valley MP said: "As Gary Barlow might think it would actually only take a minute to do that."

He continued: "Then, of course, that money would be back for good wouldn't it? It would certainly be one of our greatest days, I only pray he would do that and it would certainly be magic if he did."

The band's hit singles include It Only Takes a Minute, Back For Good, Greatest Day, Pray and Could It Be Magic.

Mr Mills told MPs who were groaning at each of his puns: "That's all the Take That songs I can actually remember."

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