Sunday, March 20, 2011

MI6 gave Gaddafi’s son London minder: Questions over Labour ties with Libya after playboy Saif given 'point man' - 20th Mar 2011

Fresh questions were raised last night about Labour’s close links with the Libyan regime after it emerged that Saif Gaddafi was given special assistance by MI6 while he was a student in London.

The move followed a request by Libya, which wanted protection for Colonel Gaddafi’s playboy second son to support his role as an unofficial negotiator with the British Government.

The secret intelligence service agreed to find a police officer who would act as Saif Gaddafi’s ‘point man’ should his security be threatened. He was also given a secret telephone number to call. The role of MI6 will add to speculation that Tony Blair’s Government was prepared to do all that it could to appease the Gaddafi regime.

Saif Gaddafi arrived in the UK in the summer of 2002 when he began a one-year Masters course, and then a four-year PhD, at the London School of Economics, which boasts close links to senior figures in the then Labour administration.

Former Foreign Office Minister Baroness Symons is on the advisory board of LSE Ideas – the arm of the university which teaches international diplomacy – along with Jonathan Powell, who was Tony Blair’s chief-of-staff.

Saif’s time at the college is now being investigated by Lord Woolf, after it was claimed that he got someone else to write his thesis. Read More