allegations made against
MP Tessa Munt was back in the national press at the weekend over
fresh allegations about her conduct after the wife of a local
GP claimed the politician had a secret affair with her husband
- and lied about her living arrangements.
The Mail On Sunday reports that Tessa Munt has been threatened
with police action by her local authority after she claimed a
single residents discount, worth 25 per cent off the tax,
at a time when Dr John Laband and BBC DJ Andy Kershaw were both
registered as living at her house outside Highbridge.
When the newspaper first reported on the row last
month, Ms Munt denied any impropriety with Dr Laband and claimed
that "neither of these two people were living with me."
She said she had rescued Dr Laband from sleeping on his garage
floor while his wife filed for divorce, and merely offered him
a place to stay briefly.
however, the GP's wife Claire has issued a statement to council
investigators which contradicts Ms Munt's version of events.
The newspaper alleges that Mrs Laband had described the circumstances
in which her husband went to live with Mrs Munt in 2008. At the
time, the Labands were in the process of separating after 20 years
told us that Tessa Munt had been having an affair with her husband
at the time," the council source tells the newspaper. "She
said that it was the beginning and end of why the
marriage had failed, and that Mrs Munt had charged him £200
a month to rent a room in her house. So as well as wrongly claiming
a single persons discount on her council tax, she said that
Mrs Munt was actually receiving income from the man who was her
lover and lodger."
to Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday (August 2nd), Tessa's spokesman
James Holt, said: "Tessa has already made clear that Dr Laband
did stay with her for a period of time in 2008. She offered
him a place to stay as he needed temporary accommodation during
"It is of public record that he was registered at her address
at this time, and Tessa telephoned the council to notify them
of this arrangement. During his stay Dr Laband did pay a contribution
to Tessa for food and housekeeping."
"Tessa has co-operated fully with the council and will happily
continue to cooperate to aid any attempt to clear this matter.
Tessa understands that Sedgemoor council contacted police, who
have said there is no case to answer. "