Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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British Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday he was tightening laws to end tax evasion without deterring "aspiration," hoping to end scrutiny of his personal wealth and restore trust in his leadership.In a charged session in parliament during which one opposition lawmaker was ejected after labeling the prime minister "dodgy Dave," Cameron defended those who want to use money to support their families – something he said his late father had done when he set up an offshore fund revealed by the Panama Papers.But the measures he announced did little to ease some of the criticism of a leader accused by the opposition of being a hypocrite for going after tax evaders in view of his father's fund and for being slow to detail his financial affairs.Cameron sought to underline the difference between illegal tax evasion and legal tax avoidance, trying to address concerns over his leadership, hurt not only by questions about his wealth in the past week but also by divisions in his Conservatives over EU membership.On Thursday, Cameron bowed to pressure and said he had profited from selling his shares in the fund in 2010 and on Sunday he published a summary of his tax records for the past six years.
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