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PM: Not necessary for Barlow to return OBE over tax row

It is "not necessary" for Gary Barlow to return his OBE despite his involvement in a tax avoidance scheme, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

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Gary Barlow urged to hand back OBE over tax row

Take That star Gary Barlow has been urged to hand back his OBE after a tribunal ruled he had invested in a scheme set up to avoid paying millions of pounds of tax.

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said Labour's Margaret Hodge said Barlow "might want to show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE".

Take That singer Gary Barlow received his OBE from the Queen in 2012. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke agreed, telling The Times: "People who have seriously abused the tax system should be stripped of their honours."

Barlow, who led plans for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert, was given an honour for services to the entertainment industry and to charity in 2012.

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