Downing Street’s woes deepened today when it was confirmed Prime Minister Tony Blair has been interviewed a second time by police in the cash-for-honours scandal. The affair is blighting what most believe to be Blair’s final months in office, and robbing him of his already dwindling authority over the Labour party.
On Tuesday one of its top fundraisers Lord Levy, extremely close to Blair and his personal envoy to the Middle East, was arrested for a second time and interrogated for several hours, but this time accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. If found guilty this could mean prison. He denies all the claims.
Just two weeks ago another Downing Street official, Ruth Taylor, was arrested at dawn at her home and given a lengthy police grilling, also accused of perverting the course of justice. For years all parties have denied seats in Britain’s upper parliamentary chamber, the House of Lords, could be bought.