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Tony Blair's Government in Disarray Following Resignations

BBC December 27

The Conservatives are demanding a full inquiry into the business dealings of former Paymaster General Geoffrey Robinson following the furore over the Peter Mandelson home loan affair.

Deputy party leader Peter Lilley has written to Cabinet Secretary Richard Wilson asking him to investigate how many ministers had been offered loans by the millionaire businessman after it was revealed that the former Trade Secretary, Peter Mandelson has failed to declare a loan from Mr Robinson.

Mr Lilley also attacked Prime Minister, Tony Blair for not condemning his Cabinet colleague over the wrangle which led to both men [Mandelson and Robinson] resigning their posts.

He told the BBC: "It is not possible for the prime minister to brush this aside as if his cronies do not have any rules applied to them that apply to everyone else."

He was speaking after Mr Blair told the BBC that Mr Mandelson had made a "mistake" as Trade Secretary by failing to declare a £373,000 loan [over $half-a-million], obtained as part-payment for his Notting Hill home, from Mr Robinson.

Mr Mandelson and Mr Robinson resigned on Wednesday.

...Mr Lilley told the BBC: "When people did wrong in the Conservative Party we condemned it, but what is sad is that Mr Blair tries to minimise it and say it was not really wrong, it was a mistake.

"It is not a mistake to deceive your permanent secretary, parliament, the prime minister and to lie to the press for 18 months about a loan which you knew meant you were vulnerable to a person being investigated by your department.

"That is not a mistake. It is wrong, and it should be condemned as resolutely by Tony Blair as if it had been committed by a member of another party."

Mr Lilley restated his call for a full inquiry into the affair and also said that continuing claims that Mr Robinson helped fund Chancellor Gordon Brown's office in opposition should be investigated.

On BBC Radio 4's The World This Weekend, shadow foreign secretary Michael Howard joined calls for an inquiry.

He said: "Peter Lilley has written to the Cabinet Secretary asking for a full inquiry into all Geoffrey Robinson's dealings. "It's becoming clear now that Geoffrey Robinson was theGodfather of New Labour, offering all sorts of people large loans to buy houses.

"We need to know how many other ministers were indebted to him. What was the true financial relationship between him and Gordon Brown?

"To what extent did he bankroll Gordon Brown's office and is it really the case that the inquiry into Geoffrey Robinson's affairs which is being conducted by the DTI is entirely untainted by all these dealings?"

Mr Howard also criticised the prime minister for not acting sooner. "If Peter Mandelson made a serious mistake, which he undoubtedly did, so did Tony Blair," he said.

..."Tony Blair knew all there was to be known about this on December 17, six days before Peter Mandelson resigned," said Mr Howard.

"It was only after Mr Mandelson's attempts to hide the truth failed that they decided that he would have to go," he added.

"Mr Blair was doing what he always does, he was waiting to see which way the wind blew. The truth is that this episode speaks volumes about Mr Blair and his government.

"It's a government without any real convictions, without any principles, obsessed with newspaper headlines. It will die by newspaper headlines."

THE TIMES 12-28-98

'Third Way' politics for Europe

Schröder: shares centre-left policies with Labour

Mandelson to be Blair's German link

BY PHILIP WEBSTER, POLITICAL EDITOR TONY BLAIR has asked Peter Mandelson to operate as his special envoy in building a strong political alliance with Germany. He is to work with Gerhard Schröder's Social Democrats to spearhead the modernisation of the Centre-Left across Europe.

In the immediate aftermath of Mr Mandelson's dramatic departure from the Government last week, the Prime Minister told the fallen Trade and Industry Secretary that he wanted him to continue as British chairman of the Anglo-German working group set up seven weeks ago to work on economic, welfare and European policies.

Mr Blair's desire to keep Mr Mandelson involved in European affairs emerged as the Prime Minister broke his silence over the resignation and as the Conservatives mounted a fresh offensive in the wake of new allegations in Sunday newspapers.

The Conservatives demanded a full inquiry into allegations, denied by Treasury sources, that Geoffrey Robinson, the former Paymaster General, had offered loans to other ministers.

Mr Mandelson, with Bodo Hombach, Herr Schröder's campaign chief in the German election and now his Chancellery Minister, is to work on the politics of the "Third Way".

Mr Mandelson agreed to continue doing the job as a backbencher at a meeting with Mr Blair at Chequers last Wednesday night only hours after he had announced his resignation.

He stayed the night at the Prime Minister's country residence after Mr Blair and his wife Cherie had personally consoled him over the sudden end of his ministerial career.

That move shows that their friendship remains strong despite the traumatic events of last week, when Mr Blair and Mr Mandelson agreed that he had to leave the Government over his £373,000 loan from Mr Robinson.

It was assumed that his role heading the Anglo-German mission would have to end as well. But because it is essentially a political job drawing up a "reform prospectus" to be put to other centre-left parties in Europe, Mr Blair decided that it was a post that he could fill.

Mr Mandelson and Herr Hombach have already had two meetings and a busy programme is planned for the new year. Mr Mandelson has said that the "social democratic charter" they were drawing up would provide a model for centre-left reforms in Europe.

As The Times reported on Saturday, Mr Mandelson is also considering suggestions that he should take a leading role in the campaign urging British entry into the single currency.

Mr Blair admitted that Mr Mandelson had made a mistake in not declaring the loan,which was granted to help him to pay for a £475,000 house in Notting Hill, London. Interviewed for BBC Radio's Broadcasting House, Mr Blair was asked whether Mr Mandelson had done anything wrong. He replied: "Yes. He made a mistake . . . and he paid a very heavy price for it."

He insisted that he had acted swiftly after satisfying himself that Mr Mandelson had not been involved in his department's inquiry into Mr Robinson's affairs.

Asked why he had not sacked Mr Mandelson on Thursday, December 17, when he was first told about the loan, Mr Blair said that he had been mainly preoccupied with his statement to the Commons on airstrikes against Iraq.

With the Tory onslaught certain to continue into 1999, Mr Blair said: "What is important now is that we keep a sense of perspective about it." He said that Mr Mandelson's resignation was a personal tragedy.

Mr Blair was pressed over why he had not asked Mr Mandelson, whom he has described as a personal friend, how he could afford such an expensive new house.

"I really don't go round asking my Cabinet members how they paid for their house and what they did," he said. "I've never been to the particular house myself."

Amid a welter of Sunday paper allegations, Mr Mandelson confirmed a report that he had accepted a free flight in the private jet of Linda Wachner, an American underwear millionaire, and failed to declare it to Parliament.

Mr Mandelson's spokesman said the trip was undertaken in "a personal capacity" and was not declared in the Register of Members' Interests because it was "nothing to do with his work at the DTI".

But the Conservatives called for a full inquiry into the business dealings of Mr Robinson, dubbing him the "Godfather of new Labour".

Peter Lilley, the deputy Tory leader, wrote to Richard Wilson, the Cabinet Secretary, asking him to investigate how many ministers had been offered loans by Mr Robinson. This followed reports - fiercely denied as "baseless and malicious" by Treasury sources - suggesting that he had offered three more ministers loans to help them move home.

Michael Howard, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, demanded to know to what extent Mr Robinson had "bankrolled" Gordon Brown's office when Labour was in opposition.

Mr Mandelson has been receiving strong private support from Mr Brown during his troubles. The Chancellor has called his one-time close friend at least five times since he resigned and even helped him to draft his resignation letter.

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