David Cameron faces unprecedented formal inquiry into Greensill scandal

David Cameron faces unprecedented formal inquiry into Greensill scandal
David Cameron. Source: AFP/Getty
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Daily US Times: Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is at the centre of an unprecedented formal inquiry after the current Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a probe into lobbying by Mr Cameron on behalf of the collapsed company Greensill Capital.

The independent investigation will examine the firm’s supply chain financing, role in government and communications by employees, including David Cameron, who joined Greensill as an adviser in 2018, two years after resigning as UK prime minister, and who stood to make millions of pounds from his role.

It is understood that the inquiry will also have licence to recommend changes to lobbying regulations.

The decision on Monday was not a personal attack by Boris Johnson on his old rival, government sources stressed, as it will be seen by some allies of Cameron, but said it was clear that the public deserved a transparent explanation of the scandal.

On Sunday night, David Cameron broke his month-long silence with a 1,700-word statement after a slew of damaging stories about his lobbying efforts on behalf of Greensill, including messages to two junior ministers, the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, senior civil servants and a No 10 special adviser.

Mr Cameron said he had reflected on his conduct and accepted that he should have communicated “through only the most formal of channels” and there were “important lessons” to be learned.

His spokesperson issued a statement on Monday night saying Cameron welcomed the inquiry “and will be glad to take part”.

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