It has been announced that a senior member of the British cabinet and a key ally of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is to separate from her husband in a growing political crisis over his business dealings. 

Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, has repeated that she knew nothing about a sum of money her husband, David Mills, allegedly received from the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. 

Mr Miles had advised Mr Berlusconi when he went on trial in Italy on corruption charges.