Thursday, 27 November 2008

Vote blue, free Green!

Whatever your politics, this is rocky ground for civil liberties and even worse for the institution of Parliament.

Conservative immigration spokesman (and Welshman) Damian Green has been arrested and released on bail in connection with a series of leaks from the Home Office.

He was held on suspicion of "conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office," the Metropolitan Police said.

He was questioned by police but has not been charged and has been bailed until February. He denies any wrongdoing.

It is believed to be connected to the arrest of a man suspected of being a Home Office whistleblower.

Series of leaks

The BBC understands that a junior Home Office official was suspended from duty 10 days ago over a number of leaks and the matter was referred to police. He was arrested but not charged.
It follows a series of leaks, including:
  • The November 2007 revelation that the home secretary knew the Security Industry Authority had granted licences to 5,000 illegal workers, but decided not to publicise it.
  • The February 2008 news that an illegal immigrant had been employed as a cleaner in the House of Commons.
  • A whips' list of potential Labour rebels in the vote on plans to increase the pre-charge terror detention limit to 42 days.
  • A letter from the home secretary warning that a recession could lead to a rise in crime.
The BBC understands Tory leader David Cameron is angry about what has happened and stands by Mr Green.


Damon Lord 28 November 2008 at 02:48  

He's been released on bail by the police now.

Anonymous 28 November 2008 at 09:37  

Thats why they are the nasty party...

James 28 November 2008 at 09:54  

"Thats why they are the nasty party..."

What sort of nonsense comment is that. No wonder you're anonymous if you come up with such drivel. At least then, no finger is pointed in your direction as to your politics and persona.

Arty 28 November 2008 at 13:14  

It's hard to believe that Government ministers didn't know in advance about the arrest when the Speaker, Sarg at Arms, David Cameron and Mayor of London were all told.

vote blue. get a lobotomy! 28 November 2008 at 15:08  

You Tories will be loving this really, won't you Richard?

It feeds your paranoia even more!


Anonymous 28 November 2008 at 15:36  


vote blue. get a lobotomy! 28 November 2008 at 17:14  

Yes Pichard.

didn't you know that 'Pippa' is a Tory bloke called Richard?

I hope you manage to read this comment before Richard deletes it!

Anonymous 28 November 2008 at 17:21  

Richard who? Do't make a random statement without backing it up. How do you know this?

Chris Wood 28 November 2008 at 20:54  

This is so serious that there needs to be a public enquiry. Arresting a senior politician of the main opposition party who at least arguably is acting in good faith and in the public interest - "WOW" is all I can say.

Che Grav-ara 29 November 2008 at 11:04  

I wouldn't say that teh underlining reason Damian wanted to bring these issues to the press was in good faith and for the public interest but to undermine the Government. But there is nothing wrong with that, I am sure any politcian from the Labour party would have done it if the shoe was on the other foot.

Having said that from what I understand (and the details are not all out) the information he was bringing attention to are not the sort of things that should be kept quiet by the Government. Arresting an MP, whatever the party, in this way sets a dangerous precedent.

Anonymous 29 November 2008 at 12:23  

Well done Che Grav-ara for noticing that; this is the main point here!

Next thing you know the police will be assassinating people on the streets, and not just in the underground

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