Rishi Sunak distances himself from David Cameron after Greensill Capital lobbying row


RISHI Sunak distanced himself from David Cameron last night as he stressed that “prime ministers or anyone else” should follow lobbying rules.

The Chancellor softly slapped down the former PM after it was reported he sent Mr Sunak several messages lobbying for emergency funding for Greensill Capital, a finance company he was advising.

Rishi Sunak insisted ‘prime ministers or anyone else’ should follow lobbying rules
It comes after David Cameron sent him messages suggesting Greensill Capital deserved state help

Last night it was revealed that Lex Greensill was formerly at the heart of Downing Street, with a No10 email and phone number.

Critics said it sparked further questions about the level of access he was given, and demanded answers.

Mr Sunak said last night: “I think it’s important that, whoever people are, whether they’re prime ministers or anyone else, that they follow the rules and the guidelines that we have in place for lobbying.

“We have the rules in place for good reason.

“And I think whoever you are it’s important processes are appropriately followed.”

Of the text messages that had allegedly been sent to him, he said the Treasury “rejected the suggestion” of extra assistance for the firm and “so I didn’t want to take that forward”.

Lex Greensill had a role as a ‘senior adviser’ in the former PM’s office

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