Emerging news on the Lord Levy arrest....
Stories are slowly emerging in the press that contrary to earlier speculation and his own press statements Lord Levy is refusing to co-operate with the police investigation into cash-for-peerages.
I am hearing that during interviews Lord Levy has insisted on reading out a pre-prepared statement and refusing to answer questions.
There is growing recognition (and frustration) that Levy is blocking the investigation progressing any further up the chain (i.e. to No 10) by saying nothing more than he has to unless he is actually charged.
There is a downside, which is that if he is charged his uncooperative behaviour will look very damaging in court.
I conclude one of two things - 1) He is confident that there is not enough evidence to charge anyone, including himself or 2) He is acting as a 'body shield' to protect Tony Blair for as long as he remains in office.