Tory MP Chris Grayling said he had written asking the Revenue to clarify the situation, because he believed Blunkett should be liable to pay £50,000-£60,000 in tax on a rent of £150,000 a year or more, now that he is no longer required to live in the house to perform his duties as a minister.
Grayling said that for prime minister Tony Blair to allow him to continue to live in the house pending the election and a possible position in a future Labour administration would be an abuse of taxpayers’ money.
He said the fact that new home secretary Charles Clarke is continuing to live in his own home with beefed-up security demonstrated there were no compelling security reasons for Blunkett’s continued occupancy.
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