Tory immigration spokesman arrested in 'leak' probe

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A member of David Cameron's Conservative frontbench team was arrested today, the party said tonight.

Immigration spokesman Damian Green, MP for Ashford, was arrested this afternoon at his home in Kent and taken for questioning at a central London police station, where he remained this evening. He has not been charged with any offence.

It is understood the arrest came in connection with allegedly leaked information relating to stories which have appeared recently in the media about immigration.

Mr Cameron was said to be supportive of his MP and angry at the way in which the case has been handled. Mr Green denies any wrongdoing and remains in his post, a party spokesman confirmed.

In a statement, the Conservative Party said: "We can confirm that Damian Green was arrested earlier today in connection with his work as Opposition spokesman for immigration.

"Mr Green was arrested in Kent and taken for questioning at a central London police station.

"Officers from the Metropolitan Police also entered the House of Commons to search Mr Green's parliamentary office.

"His home and constituency office were also searched.

"As shadow immigration minister, Mr Green has, on a number of occasions, legitimately revealed information which the Home Office chose not to make public.

"Disclosure of this information was manifestly in the public interest.

"Mr Green denies any wrongdoing and stands by his actions."