A third Downing Street aide is expected to be interviewed under caution by police investigating the alleged cash-for-honours cover-up after yesterday’s dramatic rearrest of Lord Levy. The Times understands that the man has previously been questioned and should be brought in by police again within the next few weeks.
It follows the arrest of the Prime Minister’s personal friend and fundraiser in Central London. He became the second person close to Tony Blair to be held under suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
However, unlike Ruth Turner, the director of government relations, who was arrested in a dawn raid less than a fortnight ago under the same charge, Lord Levy was given advance warning of the police intention to question him. The arrest of Ms Turner sparked vehement No 10 protests.
The decision to rearrest Lord Levy follows police attempts to find documents and e-mails which seem to have disappeared. Some Downing Street officials are suspected of colluding over other evidence. Detectives could not find the documents as they attempted to discover whether Labour had been offered honours in exchange for £14 million of hidden loans.