Media blackout as Lord Levy returns
IN HIS first public appearance since being told he would not face charges at the end of the 16-month “cash for honours” investigation, Lord Levy addressed a full house at the Oxford Union on Tuesday — with no media permitted to sit in.
Tony Blair’s chief fundraiser drew an audience of 200.
There was one awkward moment when a student asked whether he was contemplating legal action against newspapers which had written critical articles about him during the investigation.
The peer replied simply that he had not read the newspaper reports, and that it was now time to move on.
On the Middle East peace process, Lord Levy said the only influence Britain would have was through the European Union or America. It could not exert influence acting alone.
Answering a question on the future of political-party funding, he said he believed there should be a cap on donations to political parties.
Otherwise, Britain would go the way of America where the party with the most money wins. That would not be good for democracy.
He cocked a snook at his hosts by criticising the Union for its invitation to Holocaust denier David Irving and British National Party chairman Nick Griffin to a debate about free speech later this month.