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Robert Jenrick admits deliberately helping Tory donor avoid £45m tax bill by rushing through housing development

Independent Wednesday, 22 July 2020 ()
Embattled housing minister Robert Jenrick has admitted that he deliberately helped a Tory donor avoid paying a new tax on his housing development, and that this was the right thing to do.
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