No bugs, so now it’s back to busi­ness

MP has car and of­fice checked as row over ar­rest con­tin­ues

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

min­is­ter was ar­rested and quizzed for nine hours and his homes in Char­ing and Lon­don, along with his con­stituency and West­min­ster offices, were searched a fort­night ago, trig­ger­ing a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal row.

This week, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on mount­ing spec­u­la­tion that there will be no charges brought against ei­ther Mr Green or the Home Of­fice mole who leaked ma­te­rial to him.

A spokesman said: “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing. We can­not say how long it will con­tinue for.”

Mr Green has de­nied any wrong­do­ing, say­ing the in­for­ma­tion he re­ceived was not a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity.

How­ever, in a sign of his con­cern at his ar­rest and the han­dling of the af­fair, Mr Green took the un­usual step of hav­ing his homes and offices swept for bug­ging de­vices.

He also had his car, which was im­pounded by the po­lice, checked.

In his first pub­lic com­ments, the MP said he was try­ing to get back to the busi­ness of help­ing his con­stituents.

Talk­ing af­ter a visit to the Hol­land & Bar­rett health food shop in Ash­ford town cen­tre on Fri­day, he said: “It has been an un­usual week but I am un­der le­gal ad­vice and can­not talk about the le­gal im­pli­ca­tions.

“But I am de­ter­mined to get on with my job and am de­ter­mined that as much as pos­si­ble my con­stituents will not be af­fected by what has hap­pened.”

His agent Gor­don Wil­liams said the de­ci­sion to sweep his home at Char­ing and his as­so­ci­a­tion of­fice in Bethers­den was partly aimed at re­as­sur­ing con­stituents con­cerned about con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion they chose to share with the MP.

Mean­while, plans for a com­mit­tee of MPs to in­ves­ti­gate Mr Green’s ar­rest and how his of­fice was searched by po­lice without a war­rant suf­fered a set­back this week.

Both the Con­ser­va­tives and Lib­eral Democrats said they were likely to boy­cott the panel, mean­ing it will be dom­i­nated by Labour MPs.

Mr Green’s sec­ond con­stituency visit saw him at­tend the Ten­ter­den and District Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TDRA) Christ­mas meet­ing on Satur­day.

He was joined by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil leader Paul Clokie, mayor John Weller and TDRA pres­i­dent Sir Don­ald Sin­den as well as about 40 mem­bers at the day cen­tre in Church Road, Ten­ter­den.

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