Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021
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Lobbying Rules ‘Insufficient’ in Light of Cameron’s Greensill Efforts, Say MPson July 20, 2021 at 5:14 pm

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Lobbying rules were “insufficient” in the face of David Cameron’s bidding on behalf of failed finance firm Greensill Capital, and should be strengthened, MPs have said. The former Conservative prime minister placed calls and sent dozens of texts and emails to ministers and senior officials as he tried to win access to COVID support programmes for the since-collapsed specialist bank. However, as there were more than two years between his resignation from Downing Street and taking up his role at Greensill, Cameron’s actions have been deemed permissible under current rules. But the Commons Treasury Committee, which carried out one of nine investigations into the Greensill saga, said the rules should be tightened to prevent further lobbying episodes from occurring. “We accept that Mr Cameron did not break the rules governing lobbying by former ministers, but that reflects on the insufficient strength of the rules, and there is a strong case …

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