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SECONDARY SCHOOL HEAD ARRESTED IN CASH-FOR-HONOURS PROBE

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Headteacher and former government adviser Des Smith has reportedly been arrested as part of the police inquiry into...
Headteacher and former government adviser Des Smith has reportedly been arrested as part of the police inquiry into the 'cash-for-honours' allegations.

Scotland Yard today confirmed that a 60-year-old man had been arrested under the Honours Act, but has not named him. Several news organisations have identified him as Mr Smith, head of All Saints Catholic School and Technology College, in Barking and Dagenham.

Mr Smith resigned from his post with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust earlier this year after he reportedly told an undercover journalist that donors would be given honours in exchange for funding.

Police said the man was arrested in Redbridge by the Specialist Crime Directorate and is currently in custody in a London police station.

On Monday a list of new working life peers was published, which omitted four wealthy businessmen originally nominated by Tony Blair. They were blocked following intervention from the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

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