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Tax row rumbles on as Corbyn and Osborne release tax returns

The row over Prime Minister David Cameron's taxes, and those of other MPs, continues to rumble on despite Chancellor George Osborne and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn both publishing their tax returns for last year yesterday.

It comes as it remains unclear who will be the next MP to make their finances open to public scrutiny.

David Cameron used a discussion about the issue in the Commons on Monday to hit back at "deeply hurtful and profoundly untrue allegations" that have been made against his late father during the current tax affairs row.

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Lord Hague: 'Voters can't expect all MPs to be perfect'

Voters can't expect all politicians to be Credit: PA

Voters should not expect all politicians to be "perfect" or "normal", according to former Tory MP William Hague.

Lord Hague said an "age of greater transparency" would require more and more openness by public figures and that politics would be diminished if all were found to be squeaky clean.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 Today, he warned that Parliament would be "very one dimensional" if all politicians came through the public sector with no questions of business ownership or dividends.

The 55-year-old former Conservative leader's comments came after Chancellor George Osborne and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn became the latest people to publish their tax returns on Monday.

He added that Winston Churchill's tax affairs "would have been more difficult to defend in public than Prime Minister David Cameron's".

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