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Thousands of protesters have marched on Downing Street calling for David Cameron to quit in the wake of revelations about his tax affairs.

The embattled Prime Minister was accused of ‘hypocrisy’ after he finally admitted profiting from more than £30,000 in an offshore tax haven.

After days of pressure, Mr Cameron acknowledged he had benefited from a controversial fund set up by his late father Ian.

In the wake of that extraordinary interview, thousands lined Whitehall today urging Mr Cameron to ‘go now’.

But Commons leader Chris Grayling said those accusing Mr Cameron of misleading the public were making a ‘mountain out of a mole hill’.

Speaking today, Mr Cameron promised to ‘learn the lessons’ from the toxic row over his ownership of shares in his late father’s offshore investment fund and insisted voters should ‘blame me’ over the affair.

The Prime Minister admitted he could have handled questions about his tax affairs better but said he had been ‘angry’ about accusations made about his father.

Mr Cameron announced today he would release six years of his personal tax returns to persuade the public he was being transparent.

New polls suggest 56 per cent of the public did not believe Mr Cameron had been ‘open and transparent’ about his tax affairs after his bombshell admission on Thursday night that he did in fact own £31,000 in shares in his father’s firm until January 2010.

Mr Cameron said today: ‘It’s not been a great week. I know that I should have handled this better, I could have handled this better, I know there are lessons to learn and I will learn them.

‘Don’t blame No 10 Downing Street, or nameless advisors. Blame me. And I will learn the lessons.’
Mr Cameron said he was ‘very angry’ about the accusations levelled against his late father, who died in 2010.

‘I love my dad,’ he said. ‘I miss him every day, he was a wonderful father and I am very proud of everything he did.

‘But I must not let that cloud the picture. The facts are these: I bought the shares in the unit trust, shares that are like any other sort of shares.

‘I paid tax on them in exactly the same way. I sold those shares, in fact I sold all the shares that I owned on becoming Prime Minister.

‘And later on, I will be publishing the information that goes into my tax return – not just this year but for years gone past because I want to be completely transparent and open about these things.’

The collapse in trust in Mr Cameron threatens to wreck Tory efforts to make progress in town hall elections across England and to hold onto City Hall in London when voters go to the polls in a little more than three weeks.

The details of the new polling out reveals a grim picture for Mr Cameron.

Mr Corbyn has warned the public had lost trust in the Premier after he ‘misled’ them.

Just 34 per cent of voters told YouGov they felt Mr Cameron was doing a good job overall, compared to 58 per cent who disapprove of his work in No 10.

Mr Corbyn holds a narrow overall lead on job approval for the first time – driven by a 40 point collapse in Mr Cameron’s ratings and a modest improvement in the Labour leader’s scores.

Some 30 per cent of voters said Mr Corbyn was doing well as Leader of the Opposition, compared to 52 per disapprove.

On the specific issue of tax avoidance, Mr Cameron was distrusted by 68 per

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