Griff Rhys Jones has said he is thinking about moving abroad if Labour wins the election and introduce a mansion tax.
The TV star described the idea of a levy on properties worth more than £2million as ‘fatuous’.
Under Labour’s proposals, owners of homes worth between £2million and £3million would pay £3,000 a year extra in tax.
Owners of homes worth more than £3million could pay as much as £30,000 extra per year.
Rhys Jones, 60, who made his name in shows such as Alas Smith and Jones alongside comedian Mel Smith, told the Daily Telegraph: ‘It would mean I’d be paying the most colossal tax, which is obviously aimed at foreigners who have apparently come in and bought up all the property in London.’
He added: ‘That sounds about as fatuous an idea as that immigrants are stealing all the jobs. I’d probably go and live abroad because I could get some massive palace which I could restore there.’
The presenter lives in a ‘gigantic’ house in Fitzrovia, central London, which he described as being a ‘slum’ when he bought it 15 years ago.
He said it has appreciated so significantly in value that he may move overseas if Labour wins next May’s election.
Because the new tax will be pretty immediately incorporated into the capital value of the place. Indeed, we’re seeing reports that even the idea of the tax is reducing top end house prices. That being so there’s no way to avoid it. You’ll either pay the tax year by year or get less money when selling. You’ll pay either way.