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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Conservatives Under Pressure In Parliament Sleaze Scandal

LONDON -- A report by a British parliamentary watchdog on Thursday cleared 15 members of parliament of any wrongdoing but left a serious question mark hanging over 10 Conservative legislators.


The decision to defer a verdict on allegations that the 10 ruling party lawmakers broke rules against sleaze provoked a furious row between the government and the main opposition Labour Party.


Labour leader Tony Blair said there was no reason why the report could not be published before the May 1 election that Labour is strongly tipped to win.


The 15 include Liberal Democrat deputy leader Alan Beith, Doug Hoyle, the chairman of the parliamentary Labour Party, Defence Secretary Michael Portillo, former cabinet minister David Mellor and Labour's health spokesman, Chris Smith.


But the report said the investigation into allegations that members of Parliament were paid by Mohammed Al-Fayed, the owner of London's up-market Harrods store, to ask questions in parliament on his behalf would not be finished until next week.