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Rayner’s eldest child was registered at husband’s home

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It’s been a busy time for police investigations across the country and Manchester is no exception. As the curious case of Angela Rayner’s tax affairs trundles on, another development has now come to light. It turns out that the Labour MP’s eldest son from a previous relationship was registered to live at a different address from the one at which Rayner herself insists she stayed. With more information comes more questions…

Police are digging into whether or not the Labour MP has mispaid capital gains tax over the sale of her council house in 2015. Starmer’s second-in-command has been adamant that despite marrying then-husband Mark Rayner in 2010, the newlyweds lived apart for five years. The couple’s two children were registered at their father’s Lowndes Lane property while Rayner claimed her Vicarage Road council house was her main home. But according to the august record that is the electoral roll, the deputy Labour leader’s eldest son was registered at his stepfather’s address — rather than at his mother’s house. And never mind freshly unearthed documents — Lowndes Lane neighbours can vouch for the older son’s presence after complaining about his, er, rather incessant drumming. ‘It drove me to tears,’ one recalled. Everyone starts somewhere…

In another twist, the Labour party has admitted that Rayner’s selection papers for her 2014 nomination — which would have noted her main address at the time — no longer exist thanks to dastardly data protection rules. For her part, the shadow levelling up secretary is firm that she has done nothing wrong. The Labour party is adamant too that the revelations do ‘not contradict anything’ in their deputy leader’s statement, adding: ‘The rules were followed at all times.’

The plot thickens…

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