Miliband taken to task over Klass interview and mansion tax

Labour leader Ed Miliband
Labour leader Ed Miliband
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David Cameron has mocked Ed Miliband for getting a public “pasting” from former pop star Myleene Klass over his plans for a mansion tax.

The Labour leader challenged the Prime Minister to back the policy at their weekly Commons face-off, complaining that the owner of a £140 million property in Hyde Park would be paying the same as someone whose home was worth “a fraction of that value”.

But Mr Cameron took the opportunity to raise Mr Miliband’s bruising encounter with the model and singer this week, saying she had “wiped the floor” with him. On ITV’s Agenda, Klass tore into Mr Miliband’s proposal for a levy on properties worth more than £2m, insisting you could only buy a “garage” in London for that.

She said the tax would hit “little grannies” whose homes had increased in value over decades rather than the super rich. Mr Cameron said the Government had “made sure that the richest in our country have made a contribution by putting up stamp duty. But the point about this is what we need is a growing economy that is providing the jobs, the livelihoods for our people.”

“That is what we are getting. Whereas what he has had in the past week is a pasting from a pop star.”

He returned to the subject, joking: “This was the week when Myleene Klass wiped the floor with him in a television programme and this was the week when an opinion poll in Scotland showed that more people believe in the Loch Ness monster than believe in his leadership. The only problem for the Labour party is he does actually exist.”

However, Mr Miliband did receive support from Nick Clegg who pointed out that all homes worth more than £700,000 currently pay the same council tax and that Klass was “wrong”.