In another low in the relationship between the Conservative Party and London’s police, the Met’s Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Damian Green investigation has accused the Tories of dirty tricks:
"The police officer leading the Whitehall leaks inquiry has accused the Tories of endangering his family’s safety by leaking information about his wife’s wedding-car hire business. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick claimed he had fallen victim to dirty tricks in an attempt to sabotage the investigation that led to the arrest of Tory front-bencher Damian Green. But the Conservatives flatly denied the allegation and cast doubt on his fitness to continue as head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism squad."
On this morning’s Today programme former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said that Mr Quick should either substantiate his allegation that the Conservatives conspired with the Mail on Sunday for yesterday’s story – ‘Security scare over wedding car hire firm run from top terror police chief’s home’ – or another senior officer should be put in charge of the controversial investigation into Damian Green’s conduct. Listen to David Davis here.
Related link: Lessons from the Damian Green affair for Tory strategy.
10.30am from the Press Association: "Tory leader David Cameron has demanded that Britain’s anti-terror chief should retract claims that his party had tried to undermine a Whitehall leaks inquiry."
11.15am: Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve MP has issued this statement after Bob Quick apologised: "We accept Assistant Commissioner Quick’s unreserved apology and this draws a line under the matter.”