Friday, November 17, 2006

Ex-Tory MP arrested in fraud probe...

I see a former Conservative Party vice-chairman and MP has been arrested by police investigating allegations of fraud.

This from the Daily Mail, no less:

David Prior, the son of former Conservative cabinet minister Jim Prior and chairman of Cawston Park Hospital in Cawston, Norfolk, was arrested along with three other men, by police investigating allegations of fraud at a psychiatric hospital.

The four men, who are all associated with the hospital, are being held at police stations across Norfolk on suspicion of financial irregularities at Cawston Park.

Mr Prior, who is chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust, was MP for North Norfolk from 1997 to 2001.

The police spokesman said: "Norfolk Constabulary is investigating allegations of financial irregularities at Cawston Park Hospital - part of Chancellor Care Limited.

"These matters were referred to the police following an investigation by the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Services and the Constabulary is now investigating this allegation with them.

"Early this morning warrants were executed and a number of people associated with Cawston Park were arrested.

"Following this morning's operation, officers have seized a number of items from the company's main office at Cawston Park and from the homes of those people arrested.

"These items are currently in the process of being copied."

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Hobley of Norfolk Police stressed the investigation concerned alleged financial irregularities at the hospital and not individual patient care.

It would of course be entirely wrong for anyone to jump to any conclusions about this unfortunate development.

And we must wait the conclusion of the proper police investigation before we will know whether any charges are likely to follow.

In all the circumstances, it would not be appropriate to comment further.


Anonymous said...

I have not jumped to any conclusions about this unfortunate development.

In fact, I'm chomping on a carrot.

Anonymous said...

Shame they don't arrest Cllr Mark Anderson et al for fiddling waiting lists at ULHT.

Anonymous said...

A former party chairman? Are you sure about that?! I'm not.

fairdealphil said...


i didn't say party chairman, i said vice-chairman...

i seem to recall that David Prior was best mates with William Hague and that when Hague became party leader, he promoted Prior to be vice-chairman of the Conservative Party.

can't find clarification on the web just now.

if i'm wrong, i'm sure you'll let me know...

fairdealphil said...


Eastern Daily Press appears to agree with me. They say he weas vice-chair and Chief Executive of the national Conservative Party:

"...And the following year, 1998, he hit the national headlines for admitting he smoked cannabis as a young man, and that it did him no harm.

"...The admission did him no political harm either, for he quickly went on to be elevated to the positions of chief executive of the national Conservative Party and its vice-chairman.