“Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign director is facing questions after it emerged that he works as a Labour councillor in London despite owning a marital home 70 miles away in Brighton.
Sam Tarry, a rail official who defended Mr Corbyn last week during the “traingate row”, claims he lives in a small flat in Barking, east London, where he serves as a councillor.
He has received £20,000 in allowances from the council over the past three years.
However, according to official records, he also owns a £550,000 house in Brighton with his wife Julia Fozard, who works as a doctor at the local hospital.
Land Registry documents show that Mr Tarry and his wife jointly own the property, which is also stated as their address on their recently issued marriage certificate.
Another woman is registered on the electoral list as living at the London flat, alongside Mr Tarry and his wife.
Speaking at his London flat on Saturday, Mr Tarry told The Mail on Sunday: “I’ve probably been here 20 nights out of the past 30.” Pointing to his bedroom behind him, he said: “Look, you can see my bedroom.”
When Ms Fozard was asked if her husband lived with her in Brighton, she told The Mail on Sunday: ‘”I wish he did live here, but he doesn’t.” There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Mr Tarry or his wife.
Lawyers for Mr Tarry told The Sunday Times that the other woman living at his London address is his “lodger” and suggested she would confirm his claims.
Mr Tarry added: “This allegation is categorically untrue. The evidence irrefutably demonstrates I meet all residency requirements set out in electoral law to be a Councillor in Barking & Dagenham.
“My wife whom I married in June this year, lives in Brighton and works as a junior doctor. Like many people these days we try to strike a balance between our careers and our personal lives.
“Unfortunately this means we cannot live together as a husband and wife every day as we one day hope to do. When you serve people in the NHS or as a local councillor that’s a choice that sometimes has to be made.
“Those promoting this story for political reasons tried to use the same false allegations against me before, and I was completely cleared by the police.”
Councillors are required by law to live or work in the borough they represent and must sign an official declaration to that effect. Making a false declaration is punishable by up to six months in prison. Making a false registration to vote carries a penalty of up to 51 weeks in jail.”
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