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Louise Mensch's business partner 'exaggerated his links to Tony Blair in bid to woo investors for failing company'
18:02 GMT, 16 December 2012
Luke Bozier, the business partner of former Tory MP Louise Mensch, boasted of being a senior aide to Tony Blair in a bid to get investors interested in his failing company.
The father-of-two is currently under investigation on suspicion of viewing or possessing indecent images of children.
He claimed he was a senior aide to the former prime minister when trying to persuade Ms Mensch, who resigned as an MP in August, to team up with him to launch their social networking business.
Luke Bozier, left, claimed he was a senior aid to Tony Blair when trying to persuade Louise Mensch, right, to team up with him to launch their social networking business
He resigned from MenschBozier Ltd on December 7 after his arrest, and denies any involvement in child pornography.
Today, The Sunday Times revealed that Bozier had in fact Bozier was held a junior position for Labour's online campaigns team for a total of eight months.
A source close to the former prime minister said: 'He [Bozier] was never an adviser to Tony and he certainly was not working closely with him as he seems to be claiming. I know that some reports have called him an aide or adviser to Blair but that is just not the case.'
An online biography of Bozier also described him as founder of 'Silicon Vallery-backed' start-up Municipo. The company in fact never secured investment from Silicon Valley; its parent company is in the process of being struck off.
A web presentation desgined to attract investors to Municipo, a local government utility company, features a picture of Bozier next to Tony Blair describing Bozier as a 'head of new media' for the former PM. In reality, this was far from true.
A source close to former prime minister Tony Blair said: 'He [Bozier] was never an adviser to Tony and he certainly was not working closely with him as he seems to be claiming'
Ms Mensch said she didn't check Bozier's CV and 'took him on trust'.
Bozier's deception also helped make him a sought-after pundit on news websites and current affairs programmes.
He defected to the Conservative Party in January, saying that his work at Labour had 'included projects alongside the then leader' and suggesting Labour was downplaying his work with the party because he switched support to the Tories.
When asked about the child pornography charges, Bozier said his computer had been hacked and he wanted to clear his name. He has been bailed to return in early February.