Blair's fundraiser arrested again
Police arrest Michael Levy in connection with a loans-for-favours scandal.
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2007 04:41 GMT
Levy is Tony Blair's personal
Middle East envoy [GALLO/GETTY]

The fundraiser for British prime minister's Labour party has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a police source has said.
Michael Levy was arrested when he returned to a London police station for a bail hearing in connection with alleged offences in a loans-for-favours scandal.

Levy, who was first arrested last year, is Tony Blair's Middle East envoy.

Police are investigating allegations that the Labour Party promised Lordships - state honours which come with life-long seats in the House of Lords - in return for loans to help a 2005 general election campaign.

Levy was first arrested in July 2006 as part of a police investigation into a long-simmering party funding scandal that has hurt Blair amid a series of sleaze and mismanagement allegations surrounding members of his cabinet.


In December 2005, Blair himself became the first prime minister since David Lloyd George in the 1920s to be interviewed by police in the cash-for-honours probe.


No one at Blair's office was immediately available for comment.

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