Prime Minister David Cameron has said he could have handled the row over his financial affairs “better”, admitting it had “not been a great week”.
Addressing the Tories’ spring forum, he said he was to blame for the handling of revelations about his holding in his late father’s offshore fund.
Days after questions were first raised, the PM admitted this week he had owned and later sold units in the fund.
Mr Cameron also said he would publish information on his tax returns later.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he “looked forward” to that publication.
Hundreds of protesters calling on Mr Cameron to “close tax loopholes or resign” rallied outside Downing Street on Saturday, some moving on to demonstrate outside the venue where the Conservative forum was held.
Addressing Conservative Party activists at the central London forum, Mr Cameron said: “It has not been a great week. I know that I should have handled this better, I could have handled this better.
“I know there are lessons to learn and I will learn them.
“Don’t blame Number 10 Downing Street or nameless advisers, blame me.”
‘I want to be open’
Mr Cameron said: “I was obviously very angry about what people were saying about my dad. I loved my dad, I miss him every day.
“He was a wonderful father and I’m very proud of everything he did. But I mustn’t let that cloud the picture. The facts are these: I bought shares in a unit trust, shares that are like any other sorts of shares and I paid taxes on them in exactly the same way.
“I sold those shares. In fact, I sold all the shares that I owned, on becoming prime minister.”
Mr Cameron continued: “Later on I will be publishing the information that goes into my tax return, not just for this year but the …read more
Source:: BBC UK