Neighbours who dispute Angela Rayner's version of events in homes row 'have not been approached by police'

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By James Tozer

Published: 00:19 BST, 3 April 2024 | Updated: 01:01 BST, 3 April 2024

Former neighbours of Angela Rayner who contradict her version of events in the 'two homes' row have not been approached by police despite allegations that she broke the law, they have said.

People who lived next to Sir Keir Starmer's number two before she became an MP have told the Daily Mail her claim that she and her husband maintained separate homes following their 2010 marriage is untrue.

Last week Greater Manchester Police announced they were 'reassessing' their original decision that the deputy Labour leader had done nothing wrong over allegations that she registered to vote at her ex-council house while in fact letting her brother live there.

But the force has so far declined to say whether detectives have interviewed witnesses or examined documents relating to the controversy, which has left Ms Rayner on the ropes.

Key witnesses include 83-year-old Sylvia Hampson, who lived next-door to Ms Rayner's then husband Mark's house just a mile away across Stockport, Greater Manchester.

People who lived next to Angela Rayner before she became an MP have told the Daily Mail her claim that she and her husband maintained separate homes following their 2010 marriage is untrue

Last week Greater Manchester Police announced they were 'reassessing' their original decision that Sir Keir Starmer's number two had done nothing wrong

She has said the Labour frontbencher is 'a f***ing liar' if she was saying she hadn't lived there with him.

On Monday Mrs Hampson said: 'The police definitely haven't been in touch with me.

'I'd be happy to tell them what I know if they do.'

Meanwhile people who lived close to Ms Rayner's former council house in Vicarage Road have told the Mail they only recall her brother living there - and that he referred to her as his 'landlady'.

Asked on Monday whether detectives had asked them for a statement, one said: 'I've heard nothing whatsoever from police about this.'

Others said they had seen no sign of police activity in the street in recent weeks.

Tory deputy chairman James Daly MP wrote to Greater Manchester Police in February following accusations of 'hypocrisy' over Ms Rayner's complicated living arrangements prior to entering Parliament in 2015.

He asked them to investigate whether she committed an offence by remaining registered to vote at her ex-council house despite allegedly moving in with her husband.

Tory deputy chairman James Daly MP wrote to Greater Manchester Police in February following accusations of 'hypocrisy' over Ms Rayner's complicated living arrangements

The force later replied that following an 'investigative review' it had concluded there was 'no case to answer'.

The Bury North MP responded with a series of questions including whether detectives had interviewed witnesses or examined documents relating to her living arrangements.

Last week it agreed to reassess that decision, which it said had been based on 'a review of the relevant legislation'.

Additionally, Stockport Council is reviewing whether Ms Rayner claimed a single person's council tax discount on the property, while allowing her brother to live there.

Questions over where Ms Rayner lived before becoming an MP have also led to scrutiny over whether she should have paid capital gains tax when she sold the property for a £48,500 profit in 2015.

Experts have estimated she would have faced a bill of at least £1,500 as married couples can only have one main residence for tax purposes.

In response, Ms Rayner has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

The mother-of-three says she and her then husband - the couple have since separated - both 'maintained' their own homes until setting up a joint marital home after she was elected to Parliament.

Questions over where Ms Rayner lived before becoming an MP have also led to scrutiny over whether she should have paid capital gains tax when she sold the property for a £48,500 profit in 2015

Sources say she has 'never denied' that she also 'spent time' at her husband's house.

But she has faced a further storm over her refusal to publish tax advice which she claims exonerates her.

Critics have accused her of double standards over her previous calls for Tory politicians to quit over their own tax affairs.

Last night a Conservative source said: 'All that is being asked is why Angela Rayner claimed to be living at one address on the electoral register, when her neighbours said she lived at another.

'Given she wants to be in charge of housing and electoral policies this isn't a big ask.'

Greater Manchester police last night said it was still 'reassessing our decision not to investigate'.

The force has previously refused to go into detail about its response to Mr Daly's complaint.

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