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It is the profound hypocrisy of it all that so nauseates…

Harriet Harman was accused of ‘hypocrisy’ yesterday for attacking Tory plans to cut inheritance tax although her own family exploited loopholes to shelter their fortune from the levy.

The Labour deputy leader was revealed to be one of the beneficiaries of a trust set up in her father’s will designed to reduce the amount of tax she would eventually pay on his estate.

Miss Harman has repeatedly railed against the Tory proposal to raise the inheritance threshold substantially, describing it as a ‘tax cut for the wealthiest estates’. 

But documents show how her father attempted to use complex tax avoidance loopholes to protect some of his fortune from the Inland Revenue.

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