Tories pursue Blunkett over official residence
The Inland Revenue has been challenged over the tax position of former home secretary David Blunkett because of his continued free occupancy of his official residence.
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.