Detectives investigating the cash-forhonours affair handed over their main file to prosecutors yesterday, bringing the prospect of criminal charges against senior government figures a step closer.
The Metropolitan police said that the 216-page dossier was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, together with supporting material, yesterday afternoon.
“It is now a matter for the CPS to consider the evidence [and] advise us on whether any further inquiries are necessary and whether any charges should be brought,” said a spokesman.
Police have questioned Prime Minister Tony Blair for a second time in an investigation into political party funding that has cast a shadow over his final months in office.Blair was questioned as a witness at his Downing Street office last Friday, Blair’s spokesman said.
The expanding police investigation alarmed politicians in Labour and risks further tainting the legacy of the party’s most successful leader who is due to step down later this year after a decade in office.
In December, he became the first serving prime minister to be questioned by police in a criminal investigation.