Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he doesn’t think it is “necessary” for Take That star Gary Barlow to hand back his OBE following alleged tax avoidance.
On Saturday, it was revealed that Gary Barlow and two other members of Take That – Howard Donald and Mark Owen – and manager Jonathan Wild put money into a scheme which has been ruled by a judge to have been set up for tax avoidance purposes. It’s now thought they, along with about 1,000 others who used the schemes, will have to pay back ‘millions’.
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, said that giving back his OBE would show some “contrition” however Prime Minister David Cameron has said that was not necessary.
“I don’t think that’s necessary frankly, Gary Barlow has done a huge amount for the country, he’s raised money for charity, he’s done very well for Children in Need so I’m not sure, the OBE was in respect of that work and what he’s done but clearly what this scheme was was wrong and it’s right that they’re going to pay back the money.” – Prime Minister David Cameron speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain
On Monday, Gary Barlow’s official Twitter account was hacked when a vile message was posted about his daughter Poppy, who was delivered stillborn in 2012. The tweet was deleted shortly after. The former X Factor judge has not made any official comment over the tax avoidance story.