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Labour donor Lord Paul to pay full tax in UK

Gordon Brown was spared embarrassment yesterday when Labour donor Lord Paul said he will give up his non-dom status and pay full tax in the UK.

The millionaire peer announced the move amid continuing fallout from the row over Tory counterpart Lord Ashcroft.

He also revealed police have dropped their investigation into his expenses claims — although the sleaze watchdog in the Upper House immediately reacted by launching its own probe.

Lord Paul has come under heavy fire since Tory deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft's controversial admission last week that he is still a non-dom, despite pledging to become a permanent resident in order to secure a peerage 10 years ago.

The Indian-born steel magnate was the biggest backer of Mr Brown's Labour leadership campaign in 2007 and has given generously to the party over the years.

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