Politics Corbyn accuses the government of letting the 'super-rich few dodge their taxes' at PMQs

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The Labour leader quizzed Theresa May on police cuts, fire safety, universal credit, and tax avoidance in this week's PMQs.

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  • Corbyn accuses the Conservatives of not doing enough to stop the wealthy dodging taxes.
  • The Labour leader says: "The Tories cut taxes for the few, and public services for the many."
  • Corbyn fails to bring up Brexit despite negotiations reaching pivotal stages.


LONDON — Jeremy Corbyn accused Theresa May's government of letting the "super-rich few dodges their taxes" while cutting public services during Prime Minister's Questions.

The Labour leader quizzed the prime minister on police cuts, fire safety, universal credit, and tax cuts in the first PMQs since Parliament returned from a short Autumn recess.

Corbyn, who covered a wide range of issues in his questions to the prime minister, said there are a lot of problems while a "super-rich few dodges their taxes.

"Public services in crisis, from police to the fire service, from NHS to schools, while a super-rich few dodge their taxes," he said.

"This is a government protects the super-rich while the rest of us pick up the bill through cuts, austerity, poverty, low wages, and slashing of local services all over the country — that is the reality of a Tory government.

"The Tories cut taxes for the few, and public services for the many."

Prime Minister May rebuffed Corbyn's claim that the Conservatives are weak on tax avoidance.

"We've taken £160 billion extra in as a result of action on evasion and avoidance. If the tax gap had stayed what it was under the Labour party we would be losing the equivalent of the entire yearly police budget."

The PM added: "Labour have backtracked on Brexit, they've gone back on their promise on student and they would lose control of public finances.

"I say to the Right Honourable Gentleman, he may have given Momentum to his party but he brings stagnation to the country."

Surprisingly, Corbyn didn't ask a question on Brexit, despite British and EU negotiators struggling to the "sufficient progress" required to move onto the next phase of talks.