Arrest of Blair aide angers Labour party

Updated: Jan 21 2007, 05:30am hrs
Senior Labour politicians criticised police over the arrest of one of Prime Minister Tony Blair's key advisers in a probe into allegations that state honours were sold in return for party funding.

Culture secretary, Tessa Jowell said she was slightly bewildered by the arrest of Ruth Turner, director of government relations in Blairs office.

Turner was later released without charge after she had been questioned at a London police station.

She has fully co-operated and she is a person of utter decency and conscientiousness and I am surprised," Jowell said.