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The Tessa Jowell financial allegations
are a series of allegations surrounding Tessa Jowell
, the then United Kingdom Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
. They arose when her husband David Mills
came under investigation by Italian authorities who suspected him of corruptly receiving £340,000 from Silvio Berlusconi
. Some newspapers have termed the accusations the 'Jowellgate' scandal
The case has been cited as a further example of 'sleaze
' which is commonly used to refer to inherent corruption when large sums of money come together with the world of politics and politicians.
Tessa Jowell married international corporate lawyer David Mills in 1979. In the early 1990s, Mills acted for Silvio Berlusconi, then a high-profile businessman and former Prime Minister of Italy
; the precise source of the money and the reason for its payment is under dispute, with Mills claiming that the money was part of a larger amount paid indirectly to him by another Italian client, Diego Attanasio
, although Attanasio has denied this claim when found in London on 2 March (between custodial sentences for bribery and corruption).
The Italian state prosecutors believed that instead Mills was being paid for... Read More