The row over London Development Agency grants deepened yesterday when hundreds of e-mails, financial records and internal documents were released to the London Assembly. Financial Times

The move heaped more pressure on Lee Jasper, race adviser to London mayor Ken Livingstone, who has been accused of influencing the LDA’s awarding of grants to organisations with which he had links.

LDA officials provided the documents as London Assembly members questioned Manny Lewis, its chief executive, and Mary Reilly, its chair, about the grants in a special session.

The furore has dogged the LDA since December when the Evening Standard published claims that at least £3.3m was awarded to projects run by friends of Jasper, with little to show for it. Jasper has denied any wrongdoing and an LDA inquiry found no evidence of corruption or collusion.