CASH FOR HONOURS.
HOORAY, HOORAY, THE C.P.S. HAS GOT IT RIGHT!!
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair welcomed the decision not to prosecute anyone over the cash-for-honours allegations which dominated his last year in power.
It all started last March by a complaint from Scottish National Party MP Angus Macneil that four individuals who lent large sums to Labour ahead of the 2005 General Election had later been nominated for peerages.
There were 12 rich backers who together bankrolled Labour's election campaign with loans worth almost £14 million.
The enquiry saw 4 people arrested, including Lord Levy,Downing street aide Ruth Turner, entrepreneur Prof Sir Christopher Evans and former member of the council of the specialist schools and Academies Trust, Des Smith.
Mr. Blair who was questioned 3 times by police said he was "very pleased" that no-one would face trial. All those concerned had been put through a "terrible, even traumatic time."
The head of the Crown Prosecution Service's Special Crime Division,Carmen Dowd,said there was insufficient evidence for prosecutors to expect they could win a conviction in court.
Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who led the police investigation, defended his handling of the case as "absolutely proper."
And he won the public backing of his boss, Sir Ian Blair, who described the inquiry as "meticulous and proportionate."
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he hoped the decision would "bring an end to what has been now months of speculation."
In my view, justice has been done!