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Cash for honours: a history

By Gary Gibbon

Updated on 23 November 2006

Tony Blair is not the first prime minister to be accused of abusing the honours system.


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The police are expected to interview Tony Blair within weeks as part of their investigation into cash for honours.

But although that would be unprecedented, Mr Blair is by no means the first prime minister to be accused of abusing the honours system.

80 years ago David Lloyd George sold around 100 peerages in return for party donations. His honours broker, Maundy Gregory, is the only person ever to be successfully prosecuted for selling gongs.

But many believe the connection between political donations and a seat in the Lords is an established feature of British political life.

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