McCann adviser drawn into MP council tax probe
adviser to Kate and Gerry McCann has admitted staying with Burnham-On-Sea
MP Tessa Munt while she claimed a single residents discount,
according to new claims by a national newspaper.
The Mail On Sunday reports today (August 8th) that
David Hughes, a media adviser to the McCanns in the months after
their daughter Madeleine disappeared, stayed with Ms Munt at her
home in Mark, near Burnham.
newspaper claimed in recent weeks that Tessa has been threatened
with police action after it was discovered that BBC radio presenter
Andy Kershaw and a local GP were recorded as living at her home
while she was receiving the rebate.
The paper alleged last weekend that Ms Munt, who is separated
from her husband, had a relationship with the doctor and charged
him to rent a room in her house while she claimed to be living
Mr Hughes reportedly told the newspaper that he had been quizzed
by Sedgemoor District Council as part of its investigation into
Ms Munt's council tax bill and added that he had stayed at Tessa's
house for an unspecified period during the past two years while
visiting his ex-wife and their children in Somerset. He is registered
to vote at Ms Munts house although he had a house in London.
Mr Hughes advised the McCanns after three-year-old Madeleine disappeared
from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007.
The councils investigation is focused on 2008, when both
Dr Laband and Mr Kershaw were recorded as living at Ms Munts
house, where Mr Kershaw was registered to vote.
A Liberal Democrat spokesman said: "None of these people
was staying permanently with Ms Munt." The full Mail story
is online here.