The lobby watchdog KNEW David Cameron about ‘texts to Rishi Sunak asking for Covid loans’ for the company

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David Cameron REMOVED by lobbying watchdog over ‘text messages’ to Rishi Sunak asking for millions in Covid loans’ for Greensill Capital before collapsing in administration

  • The ex-Tory leader was faced with an investigation via text messages he allegedly sent
  • His activities were investigated by the clerk of advisory lobbyists
  • Function enshrined in legislation passed by the Cameron government in 2014.
  • But he ruled today that Mr. Cameron’s role at the firm was not that of a lobbyist

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has been cleared of violating lobbying rules by allegedly asking the chancellor to provide Covid emergency loans worth millions to a company he advised.

The ex-Tory leader faced an investigation via text messages that he allegedly sent to Rishi Sunak and senior officials on behalf of Greensill Capital before it went into administration.

His activities were investigated by Harry Rich, the Clerk of Advisory Lobbyists – a position enshrined in legislation passed by the Cameron government in 2014.

But he ruled today that Mr Cameron’s role at the Anglo-Australian financial services company was not that of a lobbyist and therefore no rules had been broken.

“Based on detailed information and assurances provided, Mr. Cameron’s activities do not fall within the criteria requiring registration in the registry of adviser lobbyists,” the watchdog’s decision said.

David Cameron

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak

David Cameron personally lobbied Rishi Sunak to provide millions of Covid loans to a financial firm he advised before it collapsed, it was alleged last night.

The former prime minister is said to have texted the chancellor's private cell phone in an attempt to secure government-backed funding for Greensill.

The former prime minister is said to have texted the chancellor's private cell phone in an attempt to secure government-backed funding for Greensill.

The former prime minister is said to have texted the chancellor’s private cell phone in an attempt to secure government-backed funding for Greensill.

The former prime minister is said to have texted the chancellor’s private cell phone in an attempt to secure government-backed funding for Greensill.

He is also said to have approached the Bank of England about the company, which collapsed into administration earlier this month.

Mr Sunak ignored most of the reports and instead referred Mr Cameron to senior officials of the treasury, according to The Sunday Times.

Among those contacted by the ex-Tory Prime Minister included Tom Scholar, the permanent secretary, and Charles Roxburgh, the second permanent secretary.

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 makes it an offense for anyone who is not a registered lobbyist to lobby directly with ministers or senior officials.

But people who lobby on behalf of their own organization do not need to register.

The watchdog said it had received “comprehensive assurances” from Mr Cameron that any contact he had with a government minister or permanent secretary was made as a Greensill employee.

Greensill was the main financier of Liberty Steel, which owns 12 factories in the UK and employs 5,000 people, but now faces an uncertain future.

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