No bugs, so now it’s back to business
MP has car and office checked as row over arrest continues
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.