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Issue No. 1990

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

“The way in which I had been able to give my evidence (I told no lies, but I turned some very tricky corners, to put it mildly) had kept Mr B out of a great deal of trouble that I would have landed him in if I had said all I knew.”
David Mills, lawyer to Italian president Silvio Berlusconi and husband of Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary and a key Blair ally. Italian prosecutors accuse Mills of receiving a £350,000 bribe from Berlusconi

“I was perfectly happy in the division of our finances to sign the charge. It simply wasn’t a problem. It wasn’t unusual, it wasn’t improper and it certainly wasn’t illegal.”
Tessa Jowell, confirming that she signed a document remortgaging the north London house she jointly owns with Mills. The mortgage – with an offshore bank – was paid off in full within a month

“Taking out a mortgage and repaying it within a month would be one of the grounds for recognising suspicion, as set out in the legislation.”
Adrian Coles, director-general of the Building Societies Association

“Arranging a mortgage and repaying it within a month would cause eyebrows to be raised because of the potential for this to be a suspicious or fraudulent transaction.”
Sue Anderson, Council of Mortgage Lenders

“Gardening, reading, music, Italy.”
Tessa Jowell, lists her recreations in Who’s Who

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Who Says?
Sat 4 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1990
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