Nigel Farage is not going to be publishing his tax return unlike David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson in the wake of Panama papers

 
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Farage said what people earn is a private matter (Source: Getty)

David Cameron has done it, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon have done it. Even George Osborne and Boris Johnson have done it. But Nigel Farage will absolutely not be publishing his tax return.

While a host of high profile politicians have published their tax returns in response to public interest in tax affairs in the aftermath of the Panama papers, Ukip's leader has ruled it out.

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When asked whether he would be publishing his tax returns, Farage's response was an unequivocal no.

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"The answer from me is no. A big no," he told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour programme.

The response comes after Cameron first released his tax return over the weekend, in an unprecedented move.

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But Farage said: "I worry where we are going with this. If we want to have party leaders publish their tax returns then presumably all MPs must do so.

"Presumably then all councillors must do so, bishops of course must do so, generals must do so, BBC presenters must do so.

"Actually, I think in this county what people earn is regarded as a private matter. Neighbours would hate the thought that the people at number 32 knew what their income was," he added.

Indeed, when Corbyn published his tax return, he said that all MPs and journalists should do the same.

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