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Treasury Acted ‘Entirely Appropriately’ Amidst Lobbying by Former Prime Minister: Sunakon September 24, 2021 at 2:26 pm

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The Chancellor has insisted the Treasury acted “entirely appropriately” in its handling of David Cameron’s lobbying on behalf of Greensill Capital. Rishi Sunak said the issue “did not take up a very significant part of my time” or that of officials but it was “right to listen to Greensill’s initial proposal.” Cameron lobbied for the lender, which collapsed earlier this year, to be involved in a government COVID-19 support scheme but Sunak said the proposal was “promptly rejected.” In a report in July, the Commons Treasury Committee said lobbying rules should be tightened and criticised the Treasury for failing to direct Cameron into “more formal methods of communication” after his initial contact with officials. In his response to the committee, Sunak said: “While the report highlights the integrity with which the Treasury responded to Mr. Cameron’s lobbying of the government, the committee says that the Treasury should have considered, and …

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