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Angela Rayner—No police action after council house inquiry

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The police will not pursue Angela Rayner following an inquiry into the Labour deputy leader's past living arrangement.


After receiving a complaint from a senior Tory MP, Greater Manchester Police had been looking into the sale of her previous residence in Stockport in 2015.


She had been under scrutiny regarding potential tax owed on the sale and whether the correct amount of council tax had been paid.


People had asked her if she owed tax on the sale and if she paid the right amount of council tax.


She was happy with the outcome and focused on the race.


She stated that the Conservatives were accused of trying to "distract from their dire record" by sending Ms. Rayner to the police.


Sir Keir Starmer, the head of Labour, said that his deputy, who had promised to resign if they were found guilty of a crime, had been "vindicated."


On the other hand, the Conservatives said she had not "provided an explanation" for their questions and asked her to make her personal tax advice public.


A police representative said that the force had done a "thorough" review and had decided not to do anything else. However, they said they could not answer questions about personal or local taxes.


Stockport Council, which can look into people who do not pay their council tax, also said it would "take no further action" after reviewing police information.

GMP also said it had given information from its investigation to HMRC, the UK tax authority.


Even though HMRC cannot talk about individual tax cases, a Labour source told the BBC that they had found she did not owe tax on the house sale after she asked them to look into it.


Ms. Rayner has been asked whether she should have paid taxes when she sold the public house she bought in 2007 through the government's right-to-buy program.



2010, after getting married, she sold the house for £48,500 more than she had paid for it.


At first said she did not have to pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on the profit because "it was my home and the only one I owned."


People selling their "main residence" usually do not have to pay taxes. However, for CGT reasons, married couples can only count one home as their primary residence.


When people found out about the sale, they wondered if she owed tax on it. Conservative deputy chair James Daly called for a probe.

 

Police inquiry reversal

 

After a "reassessment" of the information Mr. Daly gave them, GMP changed its mind last month, just before England's local polls, and chose to investigate what happened.


As the fight got worse, people started to wonder if the deputy Labour leader had registered to vote at the correct address, which all qualified voters must do.


Giving "false information" when you sign up to vote is illegal.


The house she sold in Vicarage Road, Stockport, Greater Manchester, is where she was listed until she sold it in 2015.


However, when she re-registered the births of two of her children in 2010 after she married Mark Rayner, she gave two different addresses. She listed her then-husband's home on Lowndes Lane in the town.


A Labour spokesman said last month that Ms. Rayner spent time at her husband's house after marriage, but "the house she owned remained her main home.


In a statement, Ms. Rayner said she was glad the police investigation was over and criticized the Conservatives for sending her to the investigation.


"We have seen the Conservative Party use this playbook before - reporting political opponents to the police during election campaigns to distract from their dire record," she said.


A party spokesman said GMP's statement that it would not take any action "draws a line under the matter" after the police news.


"Angela has always been clear that she was not liable for capital gains tax on the sale of the home she owned before she was an MP, that she was properly registered to vote, and paid the appropriate council tax," they said.


"This is confirmed by the fact that she got professional tax and legal advice," the spokesman said.

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