IT appears that the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is at best ‘accident prone’ or at worst badly advised as after suggesting that politicians should publish their tax returns and doing so himself, media speculation arose over supposedly missing income.
In the return, he showed his earned income as being £77,019 (€88,932), effectively his salary as an MP but it was soon pointed out that he became leader of the party in September 2015 so the additional salary which goes with the job should have been declared in the tax return ending March 2016.
After several hours of embarrassment it transpired that the accountants responsible for completing the tax return had inexplicably actually included £27,192 (€31,409) representing the leadership ‘bonus’ for the period served under a section entitled ‘pension and state benefits.’
According to his spokesperson, the tax paid by Mr Corbyn of £35,298 (€40,792) was correct although the figures will increase once he has served the next full year in the position where his salary excluding office allowances will be in excess of £130,000 (€150,356).
This salary is only surpassed by (in order of value) Nicola Sturgeon (Scottish First Minister), John Bercow (Speaker of the House), Theresa May (Prime Minister), Carwyn Jones (Welsh First Minister) and all Cabinet Ministers.