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Miliband: Google's 'extraordinary lengths' to avoid taxes

Labour leader Ed Miliband said it was "wrong" that Google had gone to "extraordinary lengths to avoid paying its taxes."

Ed Miliband. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

In a speech at Google's big tent event, he said: "I can’t be the only person here who feels disappointed that such a great company as Google...will be reduced to arguing that when it employs thousands of people in Britain...it’s fair that it should pay just a fraction of one per cent of that in tax.

"So when Google does great things for the world, I applaud you but when Eric Schmidt (Google's executive chairman) says, its current approach to tax is just 'capitalism', I disagree.

"And it's a shame Eric Schmidt isn't here to hear me say this direct: When Google goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid paying its taxes, I say it’s wrong."