The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition)

Cameron lobbying row sparks review into financial firm


Boris Johnson has commission­ed an independen­t review into Greensill Capital, the collapsed financial firm for which David Cameron lobbied ministers.

Downing Street announced the probe will examine how government contracts were secured by the company and the actions of the former prime minister.

Mr Cameron accepted he should have communicat­ed with the government “through only the most formal of channels” rather than text messages to Chancellor Rishi Sunak as he acknowledg­ed missteps over the controvers­y.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson had called for the review into Greensill, which collapsed into administra­tion in March, due to “significan­t interest” in the matter.

An official spokesman said: “The prime minister has called for the review to ensure government is transparen­t about such activities and the public can see if good value was secured for taxpayers’ money. This independen­t review will also look at how contracts were secured and how business representa­tives engaged with government.”

But Labour said the review risks kicking the issue into the “long grass”.

The row surfaced when it emerged Mr Cameron privately lobbied ministers to win access to a coronaviru­s loan scheme for his employer, financier Lex Greensill.

It was later reported Mr Cameron had arranged a “private drink” between Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Mr Greensill to discuss a payment scheme later rolled out in the NHS.

 ??  ?? Former Conservati­ve prime minister David Cameron.
Former Conservati­ve prime minister David Cameron.

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