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Rachel Reeves has insisted embattled Angela Rayner’s rationalization over her taxes is “good enough for me”.

The Shadow Chancellor claimed “people are ready to move on” from the row over whether or not Ms Rayner ought to have paid capital features tax on a property she bought in March 2015.

Ms Rayner, the Labour Deputy Leader, has insisted the home was her most important residence.

But neighbours have insisted the 43-year-old was primarily residing a few mile away together with her then-husband Mark Rayner.

Shadow Chancellor Ms Reeves declared on Sunday: “Angela’s a friend and a colleague, and she has, you know, made her representations on this. And that’s good enough for me and I think that, you know, people are ready to move on from that.

“But it’s a bit rich for Jeremy Hunt, who owns multiple properties, which he rents out, to make a jibe at Angela Rayner who bought a council house and later sold it. I think that it’s very, very different.

“Well, look, I’ve seen the representations and what Angela has said. I have an absolute faith in Angela. She’s been very clear, she’s taken advice, and has explained the situation, and that’s good enough for me.”

Former next-door neighbour Sylvia Hampson, 83, stated Ms Rayner lived within the terraced dwelling in Lowndes Lane in Stockport for “six or seven years”, regardless of Ms Rayner’s insistence that her most important dwelling was on Vicarage Road.

The mother-of-two, who has lived in her dwelling for 50 years, stated: “She was definitely living here full-time from about 2009 or 2010. I saw her all the time, coming and going and her mum would come and visit a lot.”

Ms Reeves informed the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg that it could not be attainable for Labour to set out the main points of spending cuts that it could perform in authorities.

The shadow Chancellor stated: “At the moment the Government have not set out their plans by individual departments so we don’t have a spending review. I will do a spending review quickly if we win the election, but that’s not something that is possible to do from opposition.”