Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair has defended Blackburn MP Jack Straw, saying:
"I have known Jack for over 30 years. He is a byword for being a hard-working constituency MP and parliamentarian.
I can think of no-one who has more dedicated himself to public service.
I am really sorry he has been caught up in a sting operation about a job offer after he retires from Parliament.
I hope that the commissioner will clear his name as soon as possible."
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