Keir Starmer vows to give up his bespoke pension tax deal amid hypocrisy row ... trends now
Keir Starmer vowed to pay more tax on his own pension today after being accused of hypocrisy over a bespoke deal he did when head of the Crown Prosecution Service.
The Labour leader today revealed he would apply Labour's pensions policy to his own pot if it wins power, saying he would be 'in the same position as everyone else in this country'.
Labour has criticised Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's Budget plan to abolish the £1.07million tax-free limit on pensions savings, a move designed to prevent skilled NHS medics from retiring early.
Sir Keir branded it a 'huge giveaway to some of the very wealthiest' because it is not limited to medical staff or other key sectors.
But The Telegraph claimed that Sir Keir is himself exempt from tax rules he would apply to other workers who save more than £1 million, under a special arrangement with the Government from his time as Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales between 2008 and 2013.
But speaking in Stoke today, he