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  • Saturday, March 25, 2006

    Police are taking New Labour sleaze investigation seriously

    That's the opinion of Scottish, and Welsh nationalist MPs who made complaints to the police over New Labour's loans for peerages scam, according to this article, from the Guardian:

    Two senior civil servants in the Cabinet Office and Downing Street have received letters from the police asking them to assist in their inquiries. Scotland Yard effectively confirmed the move to delay the parliamentary hearings. A spokeswoman said: "We do not want any other inquiry to have precedence to a police investigation." She would not say who was being interviewed. But MPs on the committee may refuse to agree to a postponement unless the police bring charges. One nominee, Sir David Garrard, may be excused on personal grounds.

    The scale of the police investigation will come as further bad news for Labour, which has been knocked by the affair. Jack Dromey, the party treasurer, demanded an inquiry into the £13.9m loans given by 12 businessmen - four of whom had been nominated by Mr Blair for peerages. The scandal could put the party into financial crisis as it may be forced to repay the money given on loan. The Tories could also have difficulties. They have refused to disclose the identity of the 10 donors who have loaned more than £20m despite a request by the Electoral Commission.

    New Labour, or Old Tories, there's no difference really.

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