“I’ve not said anything”
September 29, 2006
Ruth Turner, Downing Street’s director of government relations, was interviewed last week by Scotland Yard detectives investigating cash-for-honours allegations, Labour sources confirmed.
It is understood that police questions concentrated on “e-mail traffic” that appeared to have been sent both to and from Ms Turner’s workstation in Downing Street.
The e-mails, written in 2004 and 2005, discussed which lenders might be placed on a list of nominees for peerages.
Labour’s treasurer, Jack Dromey, has refused to give his views on the latest development in the inquiry.
“Forgive me if I make no comment on the police investigation,” he told BBC News 24.
“I’ve not said anything; I will not say anything in the future.”news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5391262.stm
Mr Dromey complained that neither he nor Labour’s elected chairman knew about the loans from businessmen, despite being regularly consulted about bank loans.
He only found out when details of the money emerged in the newspapers and wants to find out who obtained them for the Labour Party.
“It cannot be right that the elected officers were kept in the dark,” he told BBC News.
“It’s wrong that Downing Street thinks it can run the Labour Party: we are an elected party, a democratic party,” he said.
Jack Dromey, the Labour Party treasurer investigating secret loans to the party, has previously complained that “rich men are too influential at Downing Street”.