Sleaze in our Times
As for Mr Blair, he made it clear that he would have no truck with sleaze in his own party.
Labour 'more sleazy than Tories'
Sir John Major claimed that Labour had proved to be far more "sleazy" in office than ever the Tories were. The former Tory prime minister hit out at "Blairites" who had "dishonestly" attacked the Conservatives for "sleaze" when he was in power. "I'm not smugly grinning to myself saying 'Good, they're in trouble'," he said in in interview with ITV1's Jonathan Dimbleby programme.
Sleaze watchdog in code review call
The head of the Government sleaze watchdog has called for an urgent review of the Ministerial Code in the wake of David Blunkett's downfall. Sir Alistair Graham, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, also called on Prime Minister Tony Blair to ensure action was taken against those who broke rules. He told the Independent on Sunday he disagreed with Mr Blair that Mr Blunkett, who resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary on Wednesday in a shares row, had not been guilty of impropriety
Mandelson took ad job despite ministers’ rules
TONY BLAIR faces a new anti-sleaze row with the disclosure that Peter Mandelson flouted the ministerial code of conduct — and escaped without sanction.
DNA firm dropped
Court staff have been ordered by the Department for Constitutional Affairs to stop recommending DNA Bioscience, the company after the furore involving Blunkett.
MPs unite for inquiry into Blair’s conduct over Iraq
TONY BLAIR is set to face an unprecedented parliamentary inquiry into his conduct in the run-up to the Iraq war. A coalition of Tory and Labour MPs is to table a motion to set up a Commons committee to examine “the conduct of ministers” both before and after the war. They believe they need the support of about 30 Labour rebels to succeed.
Sir Menzies Campbell, the Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman, said his party had not supported earlier attempts to impeach the prime minister but was in no doubt that parliament should hold its own inquiry.