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Police quiz former Blair aide over 'anti-Welsh comments'.

Former No 10 spin doctor Lance Price said yesterday he had been interviewed by North Wales Police as part of an investigation into whether Prime Minister Tony Blair had committed a public order offence by allegedly referring to the 'f****** Welsh'.

Mr Price, due to appear before MPs today as part of their investigation into memoirs published by public servants, condemned the interview as 'an extraordinary waste of public money'. The ex-Labour Party and Downing Street press officer said a senior officer had spent two hours questioning him.

In extracts from Mr Price's memoirs, A Spin Doctor's Diary, published in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Blair was quoted as swearing after disappointing results for Labour in the 1999 National Assembly elections: 'F****** Welsh.' The final version of the book reads, 'TB f-ing and blinding about the whole thing.'

A North Wales Police spokeswoman said, 'Following a complaint North Wales Police are investigating the circumstances of the anti-Welsh comments attributed to the Prime Minister.'
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 15, 2005
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