Ian Kirby is reporting on the NOTW blog that tomorrows paper will report that neither Damian Green nor Christopher Galley, the Civil Servant who passed on the document to the shadow immigration minister, will face charges over the leaked Home Office documents…
TORY MP Damian Green and his Home Office mole will NOT be charged in the leak scandal, the News of the World can reveal.
Prosecutors say papers seized from Mr Green’s Commons office cannot be used as evidence in a trial.
They add that cops FAILED to conduct a proper search in Westminster.
The conclusions, in a secret early review by the Crown Prosecution Service, coincide with the initial findings of an independent police probe.
That investigation is already concluding the case is “not prosecutable”, and the decision to arrest the Shadow Immigration Minister was “over the top”.
One source said: “This was a sledgehammer to crack a nut by Scotland Yard—totally disproportionate.”
The findings are a humiliation for Met Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, head of the counter-terrorism unit.
The view is growing that the original arrest decision, made by a chief inspector, was simply rubber-stamped and the implications not properly considered by his ultimate boss, Mr Quick. Acting Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson told Quick: “You are completely f**king me over, you know. I will
get the blame when it all goes wrong.”
Cops had told the Commons’ Serjeant at Arms, Jill Pay, they wanted to search an MP’s office but failed to tell her WHO the MP was.
A top CPS source said: “Police must state clearly who they are investigating and why they wish to carry out a search. This did not happen until after they had obtained permission.
“Therefore the evidence would be subject to a sustained legal challenge.”
Police found that mole Christopher Galley only passed on documents relating to immigration—not
terrorism. He faces Home Office disciplinary proceedings and is expected to be dismissed.
Meanwhile the Sunday Times is reporting Michael Martin, who has disgraced his officer by the way he’s handled the Green affair is planning to stand for a third term as Speaker of the House.
The revelation – through his official spokeswoman – will be greeted with incredulity by many backbenchers, who had assumed he would step down at the end of this parliament. Although his critics acknowledge that he is determined not to be forced out, they hoped that he would retire quietly when the country went to the polls.
Instead, on Friday night his office authorised his spokeswoman to declare that his position “has not changed” since he issued an unequivocal declaration in 2007 that he would stand again. “He has always been clear that he will continue as long as his constituents in Glasgow North East and the House of Commons want him to,” she added.