Sir Keir Starmer rejected he was introducing a “wealth tax” but is considering a “fair way to tax all income”. The Labour leader has announced he would reinstate a 45p top rate of income tax if he became Prime Minister. Speaking to LBC, he said: “We are looking at how we tax fairly.
“On wealth, I am looking at whether and how we tax all different forms of income.
“Some people obviously earn their income through a wage, other people earn it through stocks and shares and dividends and we are looking at what is a fair way to tax all income wherever it comes from.”
Host Nick Ferrari questioned whether it was a “wealth tax”.
The Labour leader continued: “No, it is not really a wealth tax. It is looking at different forms of income, it is stocks and shares and dividends.”
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Sir Keir went on to say he has shifted Labour to be closer to the party of Sir Tony Blair than the version led by Jeremy Corbyn.
The Labour leader, who served in Mr Corbyn’s top team, said the party was now offering “centre ground, common sense politics”.
The party’s conference in Liverpool draws to a close on Wednesday with Labour in a buoyant mood following a series of poll leads over the Tories.
“This is a confident Labour Party that’s done a lot of hard work in the last two years to change our party, remake our party, and people are now looking to the Labour Party for the answers to the very difficult questions that are out there.”
He added: “We are firmly on the centre ground, common sense politics, practical answers to the challenges the country faces.”
As Sir Keir delivered his keynote speech on Tuesday the party was forced to take action against MP Rupa Huq after she described Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng as “superficially” black.
In audio published online from a fringe event at the conference, Ms Huq can be heard discussing Mr Kwarteng’s elite school background, before adding that “you wouldn’t know he is black” when listening to him on the radio.
She subsequently apologised for her “ill-judged remarks”.