In Tony Blair's interview with Jon Sopel at lunchtime, he was asked about Lord Levy's travails and the cash for Peerages issue. This is one of his answers...
There is one thing I would say to you however, because it's important people understand that nobody in the Labour Party to my knowledge, has sold on us or sold peerages. And the fact that it's sometimes excluded from the public's mind in relation to this debate, is that there are places in the House of Lords that are reserved for party nominees, for their party supporters. Right. These are not honours, they're working peerages, reserved for Party supporters, Conservative supporters, Labour supporters, Liberal Democrat supporters. In my view, it is absurd to say, that if someone supports a political party financially - helps it pay its bills, run its election campaign, that they should be debarred from being party supporters for those places reserved specifically for party supporters.
Perhaps someone could enlighten me as to which part of our constitution reserves places in the House of Lords for Party nominees. He really does make it up as he goes along, doesn't he? Perhaps this answer illustrates perfectly the damage Blair has inflicted on our constitution in eight years.
And note the lawyer's 'get-out' phrase "to my knowledge". Classic Blair.