Angela Rayner Faces Police Interview over Tax Allegations

Labour's Deputy Leader Angela Rayner will be interviewed by Greater Manchester Police under caution regarding allegations of wrongly declaring her main residence to avoid capital gains tax. Rayner has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and promised to step down if found to have committed a criminal offence.

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Angela Rayner Faces Police Interview over Tax Allegations

Angela Rayner Faces Police Interview over Tax Allegations

Labour's Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, is set to be interviewed by Greater Manchester Police under caution regarding allegations of wrongly declaring her main residence to avoid capital gains tax, police, investigation. The police investigation, launched last month, centers around Rayner's former council home in Stockport, which she claimed was her main residence when she sold it in 2015, avoiding up to £3,500 in capital gains tax.

Why this matters: The investigation into Angela Rayner's tax allegations has significant implications for the Labour Party's leadership and the UK's political landscape. If found guilty, it could lead to a loss of public trust and credibility for the party, potentially affecting the outcome of future elections.

Detectives have contacted Rayner's office to arrange an interview, which is expected to take place at a Manchester police station. Rayner is likely to attend the interview voluntarily and will be questioned under caution, rather than being arrested. The police are seeking to gather all relevant information before deciding whether to hand a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for potential charges.

A source close to the Police, make, faces, officers, two, homes, tax investigation stated: "There is a lot of information already in the public domain so there is no need to be heavy-handed. The police are more interested in gathering all the information they can, and having Angela come in and speak to them." A Labour spokesperson said: "Angela has been clear that she will cooperate with any investigation. We do not plan to give a running commentary. We remain completely confident that Angela has complied with the rules at all times and it's now appropriate to let the police do their work."

Rayner has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and stated that she followed the rules at all times. She has promised to step down if found to have committed a criminal offence. "I've repeatedly said I would welcome the chance to sit down with the appropriate authorities, including the police and HMRC, to set out the facts and draw a line under this matter. I am completely confident I've followed the rules at all times," Rayner said.

Initially, Greater Manchester Police said Rayner would not face an investigation, citing no case to answer. However, following correspondence from Deputy Tory Party Chairman James Daly, the police decided to review the circumstances. On April 12, they confirmed an investigation was underway.

The allegations against Rayner suggest that she breached electoral law, failed to pay capital gains tax, and falsely received a single occupancy council tax discount. The controversy surrounds the sale of her council house, which she bought under the right-to-buy scheme in 2007 with a 25% discount. Rayner made a £48,500 profit when selling the house eight years later.

The Labour Party has expressed confidence in Rayner, stating that she has complied with the rules at all times. London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Shadow Climate Minister Ed Miliband have leapt to her defence. However, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has accused her of double standards, saying she has spent her political career calling people out for exactly the thing that she seems to be doing now.

As the police, investigation continues, Rayner is expected to voluntarily attend the police interview in the coming weeks. She has stressed her confidence in having followed the rules and points to expert tax and legal advice she has received. The outcome of the police inquiry will determine whether the case is handed over to the Crown Prosecution Service for potential charges. Rayner has vowed to step down if found to have committed a crime, emphasizing the importance of integrity and accountability in politics.

Key Takeaways

  • Labour's Deputy Leader Angela Rayner to be interviewed by police under caution over tax allegations.
  • Rayner accused of wrongly declaring her main residence to avoid £3,500 in capital gains tax.
  • Police investigation launched last month, with detectives seeking to gather all relevant information.
  • Rayner denies wrongdoing, vows to cooperate with investigation, and will step down if found guilty.
  • Outcome of police inquiry will determine if case is handed over to Crown Prosecution Service for potential charges.