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Watch: Jack Dromey struggles to do his sums

Oh dear. Does anyone in the Labour party have a head for numbers? Mr S only asks after Jack Dromey became the third Labour politician in recent days to come up short on being asked about basic Labour policy figures.

In an interview on the Daily Politics, Dromey came up short as he attempted to explain how much Labour’s corporation tax hike would bring in come 2021:

AN: How much extra will corporation tax be bringing in under your scheme?

JD: Under our scheme, it will raise in excess of £50bn

AN: No, you’ve added up all the years, I’m asking you by 2021, how much extra that year will corporation tax bring in?

JD: In excess of £50bn,

AN: … no that’s over four years Mr Dromey. It won’t bring £50bn in in one year.

Rather than a team-bonding day, Mr S suspects the PLP could do with group maths class…

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