After Labour leader Ed Miliband’s bruising encounter with singer Myleene Klass on the same issue, an even more formidable potential opponent of his plans for a so-called “mansion tax” on properties worth more than £2m looms large: Angelina Jolie.
The Hollywood A-lister, who has been the focus of speculation that she and her family are considering establishing a new home in the UK, said on Tuesday that such a tax “could” put her off such a move.
Jolie, who was in the UK to promote her latest directorial work, admitted that she was “quite fond” of England, adding: “I have lived here before and in the future I think it would be really nice to have a foothold here for work”.
She made the comments on Channel 4 News, where she was told by presenter Jon Snow that expensive houses were going to get more expensive, before he asked her if a mansion tax would put her off buying one in the UK.
“I’m quite responsible about money. That could put me off,” she replied, nodding.
Jolie attended the premiere in London of her new film, Unbroken, which stars British actor Jack O’Connell as the late Louis Zamperini, a second world war hero and athlete who ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Walking the red carpet at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, she was joined by cast members including Japanese musician Miyavi, who makes his international acting debut in the film, and fellow cast members Luke Treadaway and Ross Anderson.
Appearing last week on ITV’s The Agenda, Ed Miliband appeared taken by surprise when Myleene Klass criticised his plans for the tax on properties worth more than £2m.
As he sought to defend the so-called mansion tax as a principled way of raising extra funding for the NHS, Klass said the levy would hit “little grannies” living in modest homes in London rather than the super-rich Miliband claimed to be targeting.
Her intervention followed that of another celebrity, millionaire comedian Griff Rhys Jones, who said earlier this month that could leave the country over the mansion tax.
He claimed that said the proposals could result in him paying a “colossal amount of tax” on his home in London and he would probably choose to live abroad instead.
Labour has said that the mansion tax would contribute £1.2bn towards the party’s aims of raising £2.5bn annually for the NHS to help pay for thousands more nurse, doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.
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