Keir Starmer is 'deliberately avoiding' dealing with the Angela Rayner homes ... trends now

Keir Starmer is 'deliberately avoiding' dealing with the Angela Rayner homes ... trends now
Keir Starmer is 'deliberately avoiding' dealing with the Angela Rayner homes ... trends now

Keir Starmer is 'deliberately avoiding' dealing with the Angela Rayner homes ... trends now

SirKeir Starmer has been accused of 'deliberately avoiding' dealing with the row over Angela Rayner's two houses.

Labour's leader has still not seen the legal and tax advice his deputy received about her previous living arrangements, which have now been dramatically called into question by her former aide.

However his team has looked at the guidance and the matter is under investigation by police.

Asked yesterday why he was reluctant to look at it, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: 'Angela welcomes the opportunity to set out all of the facts, be it with the police, the HMRC or the appropriate authorities.

'I certainly wouldn't expect to see their personal advice about the personal finances of any of my colleagues.' Told it was 'puzzling' that Sir Keir had not seen the guidance, Ms Cooper insisted on Sky News: 'I think that's a perfectly reasonable thing for him to do.'

Angela Rayner at the Labour Party local elections campaign launch in Dudley. The deputy leader is being investigated by police after claims she may have broken electoral law

Angela Rayner at the Labour Party local elections campaign launch in Dudley. The deputy leader is being investigated by police after claims she may have broken electoral law

Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) has still not seen the legal and tax advice his deputy has  received about her previous living arrangements as police re-open the decade old investigation

Sir Keir Starmer (pictured) has still not seen the legal and tax advice his deputy has  received about her previous living arrangements as police re-open the decade old investigation

And pressed as to why he didn't 'acquaint himself with his own deputy's defence', she said: 'I think Keir has a very strong team around him, and rightly so, and that's why I think not only have they looked at this and been clear about it, but also Angela has as well.'

Last night Conservative Party chairman Richard Holden commented: 'Yvette Cooper confirmed Sir Keir Starmer still hasn't even looked at Angela Rayner's legal advice despite admitting his team have already seen it.

'It's crystal clear that he is deliberately avoiding dealing with this serious ethics scandal because he is too weak to lead.

'Rather than sniping from the sidelines, having spent weeks covering for Ms Rayner, it is time Sir Keir Starmer overcomes his weakness and launches an independent investigation into this whole situation so the public can know who is telling the truth and who knew what when.'

In another dramatic twist – after Greater Manchester Police announced on Friday that officers were opening a full investigation into the case – Ms Rayner's former chief

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