Mr Corbyn appears to have once again complained to the Cabinet Office after his nominations for peerages were overlooked while former Labour MPs who rebelled against his leadership were given seats in the House of Lords. It is understood the former Labour leader was particularly disappointed about the rejection of a peerage for Karie Murphy, a former Labour official and a close ally. Mr Corbyn had wanted to install Ms Murphy in the Lords to work on trade union rights.
Peerages were given to Frank Field, John Woodcock, Ian Austen, Gisela Stuart and Kate Hoey, instead – all former Labour MPs who had opposed their former leader.
Insiders believe that Ms Murphy’s nomination was blocked in light of the investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into Labour’s handling of alleged antisemitism. She denies any wrongdoing.
As the row over peerages continues, unearthed reports shed light on Mr Corbyn’s time as leader.
According to a throwback report by The Telegraph, in 2016, the veteran left-winger failed to declare a third pension on his HMRC tax form.
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Karie Murphy, a former Labour official and a close ally to Jeremy Corbyn
Following the then Labour leader’s admission that he neglected to include his state pension or previous local government pension on his tax return, a spokesman for Mr Corbyn said that a third pension was also missed off the official document.
It came as former Prime Minister David Cameron ridiculed Mr Corbyn’s tax return for being: “A metaphor for Labour policy. It was late, it was chaotic, it was inaccurate, it was uncosted.”
Mr Corbyn rebutted: “I’m grateful for the Prime Minister for drawing attention to my own tax return.
“There, warts and all – the warts being my handwriting, the all being my generous donation to HMRC.
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Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
“I actually paid more tax than some companies owned by people who he might know quite well.”
Controversy surrounding Mr Corbyn’s financial arrangements peaked after he published his tax return without including his pension income.
A spokesman for the Labour leader said he later sent supplementary documents to the tax man, but a spokesman for HMRC said all income should have been declared on the form by those submitting returns, otherwise documents would have been sent back.
Labour said all tax on Mr Corbyn’s pension had been paid.
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An HMRC spokesman said at the time: “We expect individuals to complete all the relevant parts of a return, relating to their income, and that all taxpayers ensure they take reasonable care when completing their returns and provide all the information required, including all the relevant supplementary pages.”
Andrew Bridgen, a Conservative MP, urged Mr Corbyn to publish all the documents linked to his tax return in a bid to ensure transparency.
He said: “Mr Corbyn should display the transparency shown by the Prime Minister and Chancellor and publish his tax returns in full.
“Like the rest of the electorate, I can’t make my mind up whether it’s conspiracy or complete incompetence that he continually displays in the conduct of his affairs and God forbid he ever ends up in Number 10.”
However, a spokesman for the former Labour leader said Mr Corbyn would have not published any of the additional documents nor comment on how much each pension was worth.
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