Two men held over Paul Flowers allegations

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Image caption Paul Flowers was chairman of the Co-op Bank between April 2010 and June this year

Two men have been arrested as part of a "drugs supply investigation" following allegations concerning the former chairman of the Co-op Bank.

Paul Flowers, 63, was filmed allegedly handing over £300 for cocaine and discussing buying other illegal drugs.

West Yorkshire Police said it had arrested the two men, aged 26 and 34, in Bradford and Leeds.

Mr Flowers, who was arrested on 21 November over the same incident, is currently on police bail.

Following the revelations he was suspended from both the Methodist Church, of which he was a minister in Bradford, and the Labour Party.

He left his position as deputy chairman of the Co-op Group in June.

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: "As part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of drug supply offences made in a national newspaper, West Yorkshire Police have arrested two men aged 26 and 34.

"The 26-year-old was arrested at an address in the Thornton area of Bradford and the 34-year-old detained at an address in the Armley area of Leeds. They are being questioned at separate West Yorkshire Police Stations."

Since the Mail on Sunday published a video of Mr Flowers allegedly paying for and discussing recreational drugs, Labour has sought to distance itself from him as a political row has developed over how he was allowed to reach a high position in the bank.

Until 2011 he was a Labour councillor in Bradford and subsequently served the party on what it says was an informal advisory group.

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