The critic of the so-called mansion tax has listed his apartment for sale ahead of the General Election.
Ex-footballer Sol Campbell, a critic of the Labour Party’s so-called mansion tax, has put his Chelsea penthouse up for sale.
The four bedroom luxury apartment, once the home of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, has a £6.75m price tag.
The proposed sale comes weeks before the country goes to the polls, with Labour just one point ahead of the Tories, according to the latest YouGov/The Sun survey.
The penthouse boasts triple aspect views across the River Thames and Chelsea. It has been designed by Fiona Barratt, his wife and granddaughter of Barratt Homes founder Sir Lawrie Barratt.
Situated on the fifth floor, the lavish marble kitchen and interconnecting reception room are at the front of the building.
The apartment, on the market via John D Wood & Co, also boasts two bathrooms – one en suite – as well as a shower room, study area, laundry, passenger lift and porter.
Campbell, 40, reportedly bought the penthouse apartment in 2011 for £4.25m.
He is also understood to own Grade II listed Hallington Hall, an eighteenth century property in Northumberland.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender has been critical of the Labour Party’s so-called mansion tax on properties worth £2m or more. The levy is expected to raise £1.2bn ringfenced for spending on the NHS.
Last year, Campbell told BBC2's Daily Politics show, as reported in The Independent: “Over the years I have spent millions in Income Tax and Stamp Duty but I am being punished for investing in a property portfolio.
“I don’t rely on off-shore tax havens, and I don’t want to invest in stocks and shares as we have seen how volatile that game has been since the financial crash. I see this as a tax on aspiration.”
He has also taken to Twitter to vent his feelings.
Think out of the box @UKLabour. Don't go back, look forward. An Englishman's home is his castle, there will be uproar with this tax!— Sol Campbell (@SolManOfficial) September 30, 2014
The ex-footballer joins a number of celebrities who have criticised the so-called mansion tax, including comedian Griff Rhys Jones, the actor and director Angelina Jolie and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
Meanwhile, Myleene Klass confronted the Labour Party’s leader, Ed Miliband, on TV late last year, claiming the levy would “hit 'little grannies' living in modest homes in London rather than the super-rich”.
She said: “You may as well just tax me on this glass of water. In London, which is where 80 per cent of the people who will be paying this tax actually live, have you seen what [£2m] can get you? It’s like a garage.”
1. This five bedroom home is on a tree-lined street just off the King’s Road. It comes with allocated parking, a private on-site gym, 24 hour security and full concierge service. It is available for £17,000,000 via Alpark - Henry Moore Court.
2. This fully renovated family house faces south west over Chelsea Square garden. It boasts plenty of entertaining space plus double bedrooms and bathrooms, secluded garden and parking for two cars. It is for sale for £13,700,000 via John D Wood & Co.