The Pert Young Piece flags this one up.
Back in 2008 there was a furore about the police rummaging Damien Green’s parliamentary office.
Green had been arrested on suspicion of “aiding and abetting misconduct in public office” and “conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office”. A junior Home Office clerk, Christopher Galley (previously a Tory candidate in local elections), had leaked confidential papers to Green. Galley was later dismissed for “gross professional misconduct”.
David Cameron was reportedly “angry” at the arrests and the search. He published a video of the search on his personal website. The loudest protests came from Dominic Grieve, then shadow Home Secretary:
“These pictures document a dark day for democracy. They show Officers from the Metropolitan police searching the office of Damian Green – an MP who was guilty only of doing his job.
“MPs are not above the law. But they must be allowed to bring the Government to account and to put into the public domain information which may be uncomfortable for Ministers.”
Time moves on …
Police have searched the Commons office of MP Nigel Evans in relation to a “serious arrestable offence”.
The search, which took place on Sunday, was conducted after a warrant was approved by Preston Crown Court.
Commons Speaker John Bercow said he had considered the warrant personally and taken advice from the attorney general before allowing the search.
Mr Evans was arrested this month in relation to allegations of sexual assault. He denies the allegations.
These “allegations” seem to date from way back. However, the Speaker made a statement at the start of Monday’s business:
Mr Bercow said he had consulted the attorney general and the solicitor general before granting the police’s request and had also sought the advice of the Clerk of the House, who advises the Speaker on procedure and parliamentary privilege.
In a statement at the start of parliamentary business, Mr Bercow said he had been advised “there were no lawful grounds on which it would be proper to refuse its execution”.
He told MPs that the “precincts of Parliament are not a haven from the law”.
The highlighting there reminds us who the attorney-general has been since May 2010: Dominic Grieve QC MP.