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Monday, 18 May 2009

Who Lives in a House Like This?


Who lives in a house like this? Well this Labour MP really likes his net curtains. Known to be a mucky MP - not for his reputation as a womanizer with his numerous flings with women or the auctioneering of the Hutton report signed by Alistair Campbell and Cherie Blair, but by his somewhat lack of cleanliness. Notice how the bins have been left knocked over and the PVC windows need a good scrubbing. Over to you David...

Yes this is the home of the Cabinet Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, James Purnell MP. The MP for Stalybridge & Hyde who has a salary of over £140,000 per year supposedly lives in a terraced house which he bought in 2002 for £50,000 as his primary home at 66 Mottram Road, Broadbottom.

Purnell quickly obtained the house after inheriting the "safe" seat of Stalybridge & Hyde from Lord Tom Pendry after being dropped in there by his long time good friend, Tony Blair in an attempt to make it look like as if he was a local lad. James lives in quite a desirable area of Tameside. The house prices for the area are considerably low in comparison to other houses in the area which averaged over £75,000.

Rumour has it that the houses in that row of terraces suffer from subsidence hence the cheap price. So presumably a bank wouldn't hand out a mortgage, so he would have to buy the house outright. Money being no problem for James after being privately educated from the Guildford Royal Grammar School which currently costs £4244 per term.

Lets cut to the chase. Purnell is one of the MPs currently being investigated by HMRC for dodging paying Capital Gains Tax for "flipping" his primary home. The Times originally reported in 2008 that Purnell sold his London "mansion" in 2004 as his primary household in order to avoid paying capital gains tax. Yet he claimed the full amount in additional costs allowance (ACA) for his second home through 2001 to 2003. However somewhat conveniently for James, he could not remember which property he claimed on between becoming an MP in 2001 to 2003. He claimed to the Times that "parliamentary authorities had destroyed the records because they were so old". According to the Express, James is not offering to pay back the dodged capital gains tax.

As mentioned in the past, we are confused as to why James Purnell is charging the taxpayer over £2,000 a month to rent a London apartment which he leaves like a tip, yet he has sold his mansion off. It just doesn't make sense. It is obvious that Purnell is keeping his Broadbottom home as a shed to claim it is his primary home so he can keep to his comforts in London where he was originally a councillor in Islington to claim ACA.

Purnell is already digging a hole for himself by bleating to the local press that expenses need reform. It as seen as by many, too little, too late especially after being caught with the hands in the till. As one reader pointed out, Commons guidelines say that for a home to be classed as a main residence, a MP needs to spend more than 183 days a year there. Going off the above pictures, it is highly unlikely that James lives here. After conversing with neighbours, they confirmed that they know that the house belongs to James Purnell, but they have never seen him there. Instead we are lead to believe that when on constituency business that James spends his time in the Raddison Hotel in Manchester.

We, the taxpayer are paying for James Purnell to live a lavish lifestyle in London at our expense by scoffing through £400 a month on grocery expenses whilst his constituents struggle to pay the bills and suffer from high levels of unemployment as a result of Labour's recession. What makes it all worse is that James is telling the public that there needs to be a crackdown on benefit claims - it isn't really credible coming from a minister abusing those rules. He even has the nerve to say that £60 a week Job Seekers Allowance is enough to live on, yet he claims many times over that. His position as MP for Stalybridge and Hyde is untenable and we don't mean a sacking from Gordon Brown, but the only option to get rid of this crook good and proper - the ballot box.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

If a benefit claimant was found to have a partner stays over more often than the maximum allowed they would be prosecuted for fraud.

So if indeed JP is not staying in that house for the required number of nights for it to be classed as primary residence he should be prosecuted for fraud.

How is it he can claim hotel expenses for an area that he has so called primary residence in? Surely there is no loop hole in 'the system' for that?

You also pay full council tax on primary residences and discounted council tax on secondary homes. Is he defrauding on that too?

Where does his partner live? How long does he stay at hers, how long does she stay at his?

I liked this:

"A spokesman said that Mr Purnell's claims were based on a complicated arrangement whereby he refunded his then-girlfriend for part of the rent while she was away travelling for her work as a documentary filmmaker. "
(http://ow.ly/7Pp7)

I wonder how that worked. Should I ask my landlord for a refund on all the nights I've slept out?

Anonymous said...

Nice picture of the blue bin - was anything in it?

Same goes for the black bin - unlike the London flat I'd wager it's in pristine condition - never been used guv!

Anonymous said...

So in summary - Purnell's home in his constituency is a sham so he can claim expenses in London?

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info.i have emailed him a few times before i knew some of these details(no response from him yet).after reading this i will be emailing and calling every hour until i get an answer.
have the rules been broken? if it can be proved he was not at the address for th 183 days then surely they have.

Anonymous said...

James Purnell is one of several ministers of this lousy government who has a face you'd never get tired of punching.