Peer Pressure

KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH / PA-EMPICS

PEERS: Some donors hoped to join the House of Lords

As conflict in the Niddle East escalates, Lord Levy, Tony Blair's special envoy to the region, might be expected to be busy. But Levy's time is taken up by another task he performs for Britain's Prime Minister: persuading wealthy patrons to stump up cash [an error occurred while processing this directive] for the Labour Party. Those donors, and the Prime Minister he devotedly serves, were bound to be concerned after Levy was arrested last week. Police are investigating possible breaches of the laws governing party funding; 48 people have already been interviewed by the authorities, who hope to determine whether some donors have been...

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