Eleanor Laing

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After details of MPs' expense claims were released by the press in 2009 it was shown that Laing had avoided paying £180,000 capital gains tax on the sale of her Westminster flat by declaring it as her primary residence. This was due to its having a higher value than her constituency home, making it her primary residence under CGT rules. However she had registered the flat as her second home with the Parliamentary Fees Office, and by doing so had claimed through her Additional Costs Allowance some of the interest due on her mortgage. Laing’s constituency is Epping Forest, which is close to London and less than an hour's journey by tube. When questioned, she said that prior to the sale of the flat she had sought the advice of her solicitor. [14] Laing was cleared by the Legg Inquiry; nonetheless, she voluntarily repaid £25,000 as a "moral gesture". [15] As a result of the issue over her expenses, an unsuccessful attempt was made to deselect her by her constituency party, led by the Leader of Epping Forest District Council. [16]

Personal life

Laing is divorced with one son (b. 2001). [17]

Laing is a fan of Rangers F.C., and is a vice-chairman of the Westminster Parliamentary Rangers Supporters' Club. [18]

She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Past and present positions

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Eleanor Laing
Eleanor Laing 2022.jpg
Official portrait, 2022
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
Chairman of Ways and Means
Assumed office
8 January 2020
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Epping Forest
Preceded by First Deputy Chair of Ways and Means
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chair of Ways and Means
Political offices
Preceded by Shadow Minister for Women and Equality
Succeeded by
Preceded by Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by