Labour MP tells David Cameron his reputation is ‘in tatters’
David Cameron was told his “reputation is in tatters” yesterday as he faced a grilling by MPs over his relentless lobbying efforts for the now collapsed finance firm, Greensill Capital.
Appearing before two separate parliamentary committees, the former prime minister claimed that it was never his intention to lobby the government and denied knowing about the firm’s financial position before doing so.
In what he admitted was a “painful day”, Mr Cameron said he had a “big economic investment” in Greensill, but refused to be drawn on how much he could have gained in share values if the company had proved a success. He also batted away questions about his salary, saying only he was paid “generously” and “far more” than he had been as prime minister.
Mr Cameron insisted that his motive for seeking access for Greensill to the government’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility was “to help UK firms at this moment of difficulty” by providing an effective means of getting them credit.
But committee member Rushanara Ali told him his access to the highest ranks of government “smacks of favouritism and power”. Ms said his conduct was “fundamentally damaging to our democracy”, adding: “Your reputation is now in tatters, Mr Cameron … it feels like you’re not taking responsibility for what’s happened.”
Elsewhere, Boris Johnson’s new independent ethics adviser has said he is ready to follow his predecessor in taking the “nuclear option” of resigning if the prime minister ignores his recommendations. Christopher Geidt said he intends by the end of this month to publish his advice to Mr Johnson on the controversial refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.
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Matt Mathers14 May 2021 08:17
Cameron shown no mercy
David Cameron was shown no mercy yesterday as he appeared before MPs in two virtual parliamentary committees, in what he admitted was a “painful day”.
For those of who missed it, here are some of the main takeaways from what was a gruelling afternoon for the former prime minister, who was told his “reputation is in tatters”.
Matt Mathers14 May 2021 08:15
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