UPDATE 2-Cameron, under pressure from "Panama Papers", says owns no offshore funds

martes 5 de abril de 2016 11:21 GYT
 

(Adds Cameron comments, Bhatia)

By Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper

LONDON, April 5 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron, under pressure after his late father was named in the "Panama Papers" revelations over tax havens, said on Tuesday he did not own any shares or have any offshore funds.

In remarks during a visit to a business in central England, however, he did not answer a question on whether he or his family had benefitted from offshore investment funds set up by his father. On Monday, his spokeswoman said it was a "private matter"..

Cameron's comments came as the leader of Britain's main opposition party called on the government to tackle tax havens, accusing Cameron of allowing "the super rich elite dodge their taxes".

Cameron has been urged to clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance in British-linked territories after leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm alleged the world's rich and powerful used secretive offshore company structures to stash their wealth.

The documents named his late father, Ian, and members of Cameron's Conservative Party among the list of clients who used the law firm, Mossack Fonseca.

The government has promised to investigate the leaked data but opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for more to be done, including setting up an independent investigation.

"There cannot be one set of tax rules for the wealthy elite and another for the rest of us," Corbyn said at the launch of Labour's campaign for local elections next month.   Continuación...