Cameron Takes Hammering From Labour MPs Over Greensill Lobbying

Siobahn McDonagh and Angela Eagle hardly pulled their punches in their interrogation of David Cameron during today’s committee hearing. McDonagh in particular left Cameron looking pretty uncomfortable…

A few highlights include McDonagh asking if Cameron believed Greensill ‘was a ponzi scheme’, and Eagle claiming the 56 messages Cameron had sent looked ‘more like stalking than lobbying’. A few red-faced moments for Dave, to say the least.

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WATCH: Cameron Explains Why He Signs Off Text Messages with “Love DC”

“I mean anyone I know even at all well I tend to sign off text messages with ‘love DC’, I don’t know why, I just do. My children tell me that you don’t even need to sign off text messages at all, and that it’s very old-fashioned and odd…but anyway that’s what I do.”

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WATCH: David Cameron’s Opening Statement to Treasury Committee on Lobbying Scandal

“This is a painful day…I abided by all the rules that were in place.”

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Read in Full: Dave’s Lobbying Texts Reveal New Approach to Schmoozing

Prior to the Lex Greensill lobbying affair, Cameron’s texts had already made news back in 2013 when it was revealed he had taken to ending texts with ‘LOL’, thinking it meant “Lots of love”, until Rebekah Brooks informed him of the true meaning. A new release from the Treasury select committee ahead of Lex Greensill’s appearance this afternoon reveals Cameron’s new overly-friendly approach to lobbying. Sick bags at the ready…

Messages from Cameron include one to permanent Treasury secret Tom Scholar ending, “Can I give you lunch once the budget is done? Love Dc.”; another love-filled message to Scholar reads “See you with Rishi’s [sic] for an elbow bump or foot tap. Love Dc”. Etonian “oiling” really is a thing to behold…

The release also shows Cameron was so desperate he put aside personal animosity with Gove to try and get his way, clearly sent through gritted teeth:

In total there are 56 conversations released by the Treasury committee, covering a mere three month period in 2020. The government will continue feeling relaxed; the messages further prove Cameron’s desperate lobbying fell on deaf ears…

Read the messages in full here:

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Head of Civil Service Commission Earns £150,000-a-Year as Chair of English Cricket Board

Ian Watmore, who has served as the chair of the Civil Service Commission since 2016, has been moonlighting as the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the last year; raking it in with a £150,000 salary whilst working just 3 days a week. Given Simon Case’s insistence yesterday that he had “not been made aware of of any instances of senior civil servants holding outside interests which are considered to conflict with their roles”, this raises a few questions.

As chair of the Civil Service Commission, Watmore is responsible for “safeguarding an impartial civil service” and ensuring “that appointments are made openly, fairly and on merit.” Considering how Government approval was needed for any televised cricket played last year, Guido imagines Watmore could have come in handy if there were any problems…

UPDATE: It looks like Watmore has a history of jeopardising his public commitments. Back in 2018, Watmore left his job at the Football League after an inquiry found he had undermined a £595 million deal with Sky Sports by pursuing alternative contracts without the board’s approval. Just the man to trust with maintaining Civil Service impartiality then…

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WATCH: Treasury Permanent Secretary Reveals Cameron Lobbied Him over Greensill

Sir Tom Scholar is up in front of the Public Accounts Committee, and in his first answer confessed David Cameron personally lobbied him last April on behalf of Greensill. Asked if he gave Cameron more of a hearing as he’s a former PM Scholar said: “If a former minister that I’ve worked with asked to talk to me I will always do that… It’s natural when somebody that you know asks to speak to you, it’s quite natural to take that”. It’s been days without any developments…

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