Greensill: Government did no wrong in affair, says minister

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George Eustice said the former prime minister “lobbied vigorously” for Greensill Finance to be bailed out and “at the end of the day, no one did Cameron any favours, the business went bust”.

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David Cameron’s failure to obtain “any special favours” for financier Lex Greensill has shown that the Government did no wrong in the scandal over the his pleas for taxpayer cash, a Cabinet minister argued today.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said the former prime minister “lobbied vigorously” for Greensill Finance to be bailed out and “at the end of the day, no one did Cameron any favours, the business went bust”.

His comments follow the disclosure of more than 50 messages sent by Mr Cameron to ministers including Chancellor Rishi Sunak and former ally Michael Gove, and to senior officials in his quest to get help.

The former prime minister signed himself “love DC” on a note to Treasury mandarin Sir Tom Scholar and a later text with the sign-off: “See you with Rishi’s for an elbow bump or foot tap.”

Watch: Labour on David Cameron’s ‘pathetic’ and ‘shameful’ lobbying

To Mr Gove, whom he fell out with during the Brexit referendum campaign, he wrote: “I know you are manically busy — and doing a great job by the way, but do you have a moment for a word. All good wishes, DC.”

Mr Eustice told Talk Radio: “Yes, it’s clear that David Cameron lobbied vigorously for this particular company with a number of ministers. Some of them looked at the situation, reviewed it to see whether anything can be done, but in the end, the answer was no.”

Mr Cameron will give his side of the story at a Commons committee hearing tomorrow.

The former Tory leader has denied breaking any code of conduct or government rules and the Government has repeatedly said the outcome of his discussions on Greensill’s proposals for access to a Covid-19 loan scheme were not taken up.

Watch: David Cameron to face long afternoon of MPs' questions

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