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Prime Minister David Cameron on Take That tax avoidance: 'Gary Barlow should keep his OBE'

It has recently emerged that Gary Barlow and two of his fellow Take That band members, namely Mark Owen and Howard Donald, have been ordered to repay millions of pounds after avoiding taxes, and the Prime Minister has now given his opinion on the situation. 

Judge Colin Bishopp has revealed that their multi-million investments in Icebreaker Management were part of a tax avoidance scheme, and they've been ordered to pay back the money. After this information was made public, chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge suggested that singer-songwriter Barlow "might show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE".

Now, during an interview on 'Good Morning Britain', David Cameron has revealed that singer-songwriter Barlow should keep his OBE and explained that he does a lot of charity work, which earned him the honour in the first place:

"I don't think that is necessary, frankly. Gary Barlow has done a huge amount for the country, he's raised money for charity, he has done very well for Children in Need. The OBE was in respect of that work and what he has done. Clearly this scheme was wrong and it is right that they're going to have to pay back the money."

Watch Prime Minister David Cameron supporting Gary Barlow on national television here:

 

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