Tony Blair’s chief fundraiser has been arrested by police probing Britain’s “cash for favours” scandal. The move deals an embarrassing blow to the Prime Minister, a close friend and tennis partner of Lord Levy, who was later released on bail without charge. Ámid allegations that donors can buy titles, Blair’s Labour Party has come under pressure after it acknowledged receiving around 20 million euros in loans from a dozen supporters, four of whom were subsequently nominated for seats in the unelected upper house of parliament.
Scotland Yard is investigating loans made to all three main political parties in the UK. Both Labour and Lord Levy, who is also Tony Blair´s Middle East envoy, deny any wrongdoing.