Rishi Sunak ‘pushed’ team to help David Cameron firm with Covid loan request

Rishi Sunak, David Cameron and Lex Greensill

Rishi Sunak personally intervened after being contacted by David Cameron (Picture: Getty; Mercury Press)

Calls for an investigation have been made after documents revealed Rishi Sunak ‘pushed’ officials to consider plans that could have helped a firm David Cameron was lobbying for.

The Treasury released the Chancellor’s texts after a freedom of information request into efforts by the ex-Tory leader to contact ministers in search of millions of pounds of extra Covid rescue cash for Greensill Capital, who he was a paid adviser for.

Labour questioned whether the Chancellor had broken the ministerial code, while the SNP urged him to appear before Parliament next week to ‘set the record straight’ over his full exchanges with the former PM.

Mr Sunak said the former prime minister ‘reached out informally by telephone’ to him, as well as Economic Secretary John Glen and Financial Secretary Jesse Norman, over Covid support for finance company Greensill, which has since collapsed.

When the decision was finally taken not to proceed with the scheme Greensill was lobbying to be part of, Sunak personally phoned Cameront to break the news to him.

Last night Labour said the messages suggested Sunak may have broken the ministerial code and called for a ‘transparent and thorough investigation’.

The Treasury published two texts sent from Rishi Sunak to David Cameron

Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds said: ‘They suggest that Greensill Capital got accelerated treatment and access to officials, and that the chancellor had pushed officials to consider Greensill’s requests.

‘The chancellor’s decision to open the door to Greensill Capital has put public money at risk.’

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Greensill had approached Treasury officials regarding access to the Covid Corporate Finance Facility (CCFF), administered by the Bank of England.

Its proposal was to offer cheap loans backed by the BoE to help businesses pay …read more

Source:: Metro News

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