Kidnapped chancellor "free to come and go"
Gordon Brown was allowed to go to his office, vote in the House of Commons and even appear on television, according to neighbours of Tony Blair, a 53-year-old man arrested for his abduction. They argue that Gordon must have stayed with Mr Blair of his own volition.
However, Gordon's friends maintained that he had feared for his life. "He was held against his will," one of them said. "He thought that if he tried to tell anyone or do anything, it would be the end of his career."
Mental health experts have speculated that Gordon might have gone into "survival mode", intimidated into acquiescence by his kidnapper. They suggest he would have felt helpless and done whatever it took to keep himself in a job.
When police officers gained access to Mr Blair's home, they found not just the chancellor, but the entire Cabinet hidden in a cellar next to a secret computer system that does not exist.