Tory MP Damien Green will not face criminal charges for his alleged role in leaking confidential home office documents, the Crown Prosecutions Service has announced. Menawhile the home affairs parliamentary select committee has found that civil servants exaggerated the seriousness of the leaks, claiming they had caused ‘considerable damage to national security’.
Lib Dem shadow home secretary Chris Huhne has not minced his words:
This is a monumental shambles. It is astonishing that ministers were not consulted, if the Home Affairs Select Committee is right, as they should have realised the political consequences of being seen to harass an opposition MP for doing his job in holding the Government to account.
“Senior civil servants appear to have confused their own embarrassment with national security, and misled the police into believing that national security was involved. The Director of Public Prosecutions makes plain that it was not.
“This foolish complaint has wasted police time, tied up prosecutors unnecessarily and created a constitutional squall because of the searching of an MP’s office – and all for a matter that should have been handled as an internal civil service disciplinary case.”