Neil Hamilton, the Tory who put the final nail in the election
defeat, dominated coverage of the Downey Report. But he was supported by a
cast of ex-MPs all found guilty of varying degrees of financial sleaze.
And Mohamed al Fayed, the Harrods boss who caused the house of cards to
fall has, according to the Independent on Sunday further allegations to
Lobbyist Ian Greer played an important cameo role, but in historical terms
is no more than a footnote in the affair. His clients’ reputations, in the
main, remained intact, but the dapper man failed to protect his own.
Former IGA director, Baroness Turner of Camden, wrote in his defence that
Downey exonerated him of paying Hamilton ’cash for questions’. The Times
pointed out that it was in fact paintings and furniture worth pounds
The Independent called them ’small lies; small kick-backs; small
The casting director was Hamilton’s wife Christine, who introduced her
husband to Greer, Sir Michael Grylls and Michael Brown.
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