Counter-terror police arrest Tory frontbencher

Counter-terror police arrest Tory frontbencher

Shadow immigration minister Damian Green was arrested and questioned by Metropolitan police for nine hours yesterday.

His home and office in Kent were searched along with an address in West London. Green’s office at the House of Commons was also searched. It is believed the investigation is linked to the leaking of embarrassing information from the Home Office – a Home Office official was arrested last week in connection with leaked documents.

David Davis told the BBC the case was reminiscent of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.

A spokesman for the Met told The Register: “A 52-year old man was arrested in Kent yesterday he has been bailed to return to a central London police station in February.”

A spokesman for the Tory Party said: “As Shadow Immigration Minister Mr Green has, on a number of occasions, legitimately revealed information which the Home Office chose not to make public. Disclosure of this information was manifestly in the public interest.”

“Mr Green denies any wrongdoing and stands by his actions.”

It is highly unusual for police to arrest serving MPs – an informal interview is the more normal route. Home Office officials insist the investigation was started after they complained to the Met and that no ministers were involved.

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