British Police Raid Member of Parliament's Home Over Public Comments to the Press about Government Mistakes
Extraordinary details of the heavy-handed police operation against Shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green were revealed this afternoon.
Nine counter-terrorism officers raided the MP's London home, frightening his 15-year-old daughter Verity and wife Alicia who were there.
Mr Green was seized at his constituency home in Ashford, Kent, and held at Belgravia police station for nine hours, only one of which was used to question him about his alleged crime - leaking information embarrassing to the Home Office. . .
By contrast, however, the molehunt at the Home Office was for the source of a stream of stories that embarrassed the Government rather than threatened national security.
They included that 5,000 illegal migrants had been cleared to work in security.
Last week a junior Home Office official, aged 26, was arrested.
Tory leader David Cameron said police and ministers had 'serious questions' to answer, particularly about the use of counter-terrorism officers. . . . .
Here is the puzzle. Somehow this is true:
However, Mr Cameron, London mayor Boris Johnson, and Commons Speaker Michael Martin were all given prior notice.
Former Conservative Home Secretary and Tory leader, Michael Howard, said he would be "astonished" if he had not been told about the police investigation when in office. . . .
But none of the government ministers were supposedly told:
no ministers were told about the raids in advance.
Why tell "Mr Cameron, London mayor Boris Johnson, and Commons Speaker Michael Martin" but not anyone in the Labor leadership? Anyway, there are some questions here that will have to be ironed out.