“A Conservative parliamentary candidate who has been praised by Boris Johnson is facing questions over why he received an illegal dividend from a security firm that went into administration owing £271,000 in tax.
Stuart Anderson, who is trying to overturn a Labour majority of 2,185 in Wolverhampton South West, was a director and major shareholder of Anubis Associates for eight years until 2013 when the firm collapsed.
The firm, which trained security guards, was wound up by administrators who noted that Anderson had received more than £54,000 in unlawful dividends. He later repaid £2,000.
It comes amid criticism from unions that the Conservatives have failed to rein in malpractice in business.
When Anubis went under it owed £271,738 to HM Revenue and Customs in VAT, PAYE, national insurance and deferred taxation, documents show. Another 59 unsecured creditors were owed £179,330. Secured creditors received a portion of what they were owed.
Anderson, a former soldier and a Brexit supporter, had not mentioned his involvement with the firm in his online biography or during interviews. When approached by the Guardian, he said he complied with all his legal obligations. …”