British police have interviewed Tony Blair over a cash for honours probe. Although he was questioned as a witness and not as a suspect, it’s thought to be the first time a serving British Prime Minister has answered police questions as part of a criminal investigation.
The enquiry centres around allegations that Blair’s Labour party received loans from individuals in return for nominations to the House of Lords, Britain’s upper chamber. Parties can nominate individuals to the Lords but to do so in return for favours would be illegal.
A government spokesman said that the individuals who provided the loans were nominated as party supporters, which is allowed. Although opposition parties are also being investigated, today’s interview is seen as an embarrassment to Blair, who promised when he came to power to make politics ‘purer than pure’.