British tycoon Sir Richard Branson is a “tax exile” and must be stripped of his knighthood, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has recommended.
Mr McDonnell told the Sunday Mirror Sir Richard needed to “undermine” democracy, after a row over Jeremy Corbyn’s journey on a Virgin practice.
Earlier this week, Sir Richard’s Virgin Trains launched footage disputing Mr Corbyn’s claims about overcrowding on one among its providers.
Sir Richard has not responded.
Chatting with the newspaper, Mr McDonnell stated former BHS boss Sir Philip Inexperienced also needs to be stripped of his knighthood.
It comes on the day that the last BHS stores close for the final time. Sir Philip has not commented on the remarks.
Mr McDonnell stated it was time to “take management” of the honours system, including: “The entire objective of the honours system is undermined when the wealthy and the highly effective can gather their gongs with out giving something again. It is even worse when tax exiles are given honours.”
He continued: “And you must definitely have [honours] stripped from you when you subsequently have been discovered to be not appearing within the spirit of our nation.”
He singled out Sir Richard, calling him a “tax exile who thinks he can attempt to intervene and undermine our democracy”.
There isn’t a suggestion the businessman, who lives on Necker Island within the British Virgin Islands, has executed something unlawful.
In 2013, Sir Richard stated he was dwelling on the island due to a love for the “beautiful” location – not for tax causes.
Responding to Mr McDonnell’s feedback, Labour MP John Woodcock, a outstanding critic of chief Mr Corbyn, tweeted: “Dare to query Saint Jeremy’s model of the reality? John McDonnell will strip you of your knighthood…”
And talking at a rally in Hull, Labour management contender Owen Smith stated: “I feel the suggestion John [McDonnell] is making is that Branson ought to lose his knighthood for telling the reality about seats on his trains.
“I can not say that I feel that is an inexpensive suggestion.”
Earlier in August, footage emerged of Labour chief Mr Corbyn sitting on the ground of what he dubbed a “ram-packed” Virgin practice.
Nevertheless, Sir Richard later tweeted to say Mr Corbyn had walked previous empty seats, with Virgin Trains releasing CCTV of the incident.
In response, Mr Corbyn’s marketing campaign group stated: “When Jeremy boarded the practice he was unable to seek out unreserved seats, so he sat with different passengers within the hall who have been additionally unable to discover a seat.
“Later within the journey, seats turned obtainable after a household have been upgraded to first-class, and Jeremy and the group he was travelling with have been provided the seats by a really useful member of employees.”
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