Tony Blair says ‘cut Starmer some slack’ over tax comments

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Tony Blair has urged Keir Starmer’s critics to “cut him some slack” and backed his stance on business taxes, after a backlash over comments from Starmer that appeared to suggest Labour was against taxing corporations to pay for the pandemic.

Labour clarified its position on Thursday, with the shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, and shadow foreign secretary, Lisa Nandy, publicly suggesting that the party was prepared to back business tax increases as long as they were not implemented immediately.

Party sources said they would also look at any plans put forward by Rishi Sunak at next week’s budget for a windfall tax on firms that have profited from the pandemic. “We’ll look at the detail of what the chancellor proposes, but we don’t think there should be tax rises right…

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