Tony Blair says 'cut Starmer some slack' over tax comments

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Exclusive: former Labour leader says the public has no interest in ‘mouthing off’ as if times were normal

Tony Blair has urged Keir Starmer’s critics to “cut him some slack” and backed his stance on business taxes, after a backlash over comments from Starmer that appeared to suggest Labour was against taxing corporations to pay for the pandemic.

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Labour clarified its position on Thursday, with the shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, and shadow foreign secretary, Lisa Nandy, publicly suggesting that the party was prepared to back business tax increases as long as they were not implemented immediately.

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