Angela Rayner council house investigation concludes - as GMP take no further action

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Angela Rayner will face no police action following an investigation into claims regarding her living arrangements, it has been confirmed.

Questions had been raised about whether she owed tax on a former council house in Stockport she sold in 2015 - before she became MP for Ashton and whether the property was her main home for electoral purposes.

She had always denied any wrongdoing and said she would stand down if she was found to have broken the law. And this afternoon Greater Manchester Police said they had concluded she would face no further action from them.

They say issues regarding personal and council tax fell outside their jurisdiction and that they had shared the findings of their investigation with Stockport Council and His Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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A spokesperson for Stockport Council has also said no further action will be taken. Greater Manchester Police originally said Ms Rayner would not face an investigation following an 'investigative review' as there 'wasn't a case to answer'.

However, in light of correspondence from Tory party deputy chairman and Bury North MP James Daly, the force announced last month they were to 'review the circumstances' following a 'reassessment of the information provided... by Mr Daly' and that an investigation was underway.

Ms Rayner had offered to stand down if she was found to have broken the law -Credit:Getty Images
Ms Rayner had offered to stand down if she was found to have broken the law -Credit:Getty Images

In a statement issued this afternoon (Tuesday, May 28), the force said: "Following allegations about Angela Rayner MP, has completed a thorough, carefully considered and proportionate investigation. We have concluded that no further police action will be taken.

“The investigation originated from complaints made by Mr James Daly MP directly to GMP. Subsequent further contact with GMP by members of the public, and claims made by individuals featured in media reporting, indicated a strong public interest in the need for allegations to be investigated.

“Matters involving council tax and personal tax do not fall into the jurisdiction of policing. GMP has liaised with Stockport Council and information about our investigation has been shared with them. Details of our investigation have also been shared with His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).”

A Labour Party spokesman said: “The police have now completed their investigation into claims made by the Conservative Party deputy chairman and have concluded that no further action will be taken. Angela co-operated fully with the police investigation throughout.

Labour said today that this 'draws a line under the matter' -Credit:Getty Images
Labour said today that this 'draws a line under the matter' -Credit:Getty Images

“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. She took expert tax and legal advice which confirms this. This draws a line under the matter.”

A spokesperson for Stockport Council said: “Stockport Council has reviewed and responded to all correspondence relating to this matter, including information received from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) who have concluded that no further police action will be taken.

“We have also concluded that no further action will be taken on behalf of the council.”

In Lord Ashcroft's book Red Queen? The Unauthorised Biography of Angela Rayner, he alleges that the MP bought her former council house, in Vicarage Road in Stockport, with a 25 percent discount in 2007 under right-to-buy, a scheme introduced by former Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher in 1980. The former carer is said to have made a £48,500 profit when selling the house eight years later.

An article in the Mail on Sunday (MoS) claimed documents show Ms Rayner was registered on the electoral roll at her former council house for five years after she married Mark Rayner in 2010.

Government guidance says that a tenant can apply to buy their council home through the right-to-buy scheme if it is their “only or main home”. Her husband was listed at another address in Lowndes Lane, about a mile away, which had also been bought under the right-to-buy scheme.

The investigation had been re-launched after a complaint from Bury North MP and Tory Deputy Chairman James Daly -Credit:Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning
The investigation had been re-launched after a complaint from Bury North MP and Tory Deputy Chairman James Daly -Credit:Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning

Ms Rayner is said to have re-registered the births of her two youngest children in the year she got married, giving her address as her husband's residence. Ms Rayner insists that Vicarage Road was her “principal property” despite her husband living elsewhere at the time.

She told reporters in March: "At the time of the sale of the house, I was a home carer and it was my home. I took legal advice, as you do when you sell a property, and I had an estate agent that worked with me on that. I've had expert tax advice, I've looked into it and there is no capital gains tax for me to pay and, therefore, that is my position on that."

Mother of-three Ms Rayner was quizzed on her living arrangements at the time and about whether the house she sold under right-to-buy had been her main home. She said: "Vicarage Road was my principal property, but when my children were born, I would spend time at Lowndes Lane because my children... I had a teenager and two babies.

"My son was born at 23 weeks. I spent eight months in intensive care with him, I wasn't really bothered about where my clothes were on a certain night. But my house was my house at Vicarage Road and I paid all my bills there, that was my home.

"But I did spend time at Lowndes Lane at times, of course I did. And then when I sold Vicarage Road, I lived at Lowndes Lane because I didn't have a house and I registered there when I moved in there.

"But there was never any deceivement [sic] or any problems with, or any question about avoiding capital gains or not saying what was right on the electoral roll. That was my house."