‘It won’t do a blind bit of good’: Boris Johnson rejects full inquiry into Greensill scandal
Sir Keir Starmer said the David Cameron lobbying scandal is just “the tip of the iceberg” and there was “sleaze” at the heart of government, as Boris Johnson rejected the Labour leader’s call for a parliamentary inquiry.
Sir Keir insisted an “overhaul of the whole broken system” was needed during a fiery PMQs encounter. Mr Johnson claimed “we’re having a proper independent review” – and said he “cannot remember” when he last spoke to Mr Cameron.
MPs are today set to vote on whether to establish a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry into Mr Cameron’s dealings with Greensill, giving a new select committee the power to summon witnesses.
It follows the shock development that one of Mr Cameron’s top civil servants, Bill Crothers, was given permission to work part-time at Greensill while still working for the government.
It comes as the EU parliament has once again refused to set a date to ratify the Brexit trade deal. Group leaders want reassurances from Mr Johnson’s government the deal is being implemented appropriately.
Ministers should step down if code breached over Greensill – Douglas Ross
There are “serious, legitimate concerns” about the Greensill lobbying saga and any Government minister who breached the ministerial code should resign, the Scottish Conservative leader has said.
Douglas Ross welcomed Downing Street’s announcement of a review into how the collapsed financial firm Greensill Capital was given Government support amid lobbying by former prime minister David Cameron.
Commenting on the Greensill lobbying affair, Mr Ross told the PA news agency: “I think it was absolutely right that the Prime Minister has instructed an independent inquiry into this and he has said that that inquiry will be able to look at all aspects where there are currently concerns.
“I think people do raise serious, legitimate concerns on this issue and that’s why it’s great that an independent inquiry looks into it, looks into all the evidence and reports back.”
Asked if he would call for the resignation of chancellor Rishi Sunak – or any other minister – if they had not followed the rules for ministers’ behaviour, Mr Ross said: “Of course we have to look at what the inquiry comes back with, but if someone has breached the ministerial code that is an extremely serious issue, and they would have to consider their position, absolutely.”
Vincent Wood14 April 2021 16:46
Tory MPs vote down Labour’s attempt to force parliamentary inquiry into Greensill lobbying scandal
Conservative MPs have voted down an attempt by Labour to force a parliamentary inquiry into the Greensill lobbying scandal.
Vincent Wood14 April 2021 16:18
Labour’s lobbying committee motion voted down
The Labour motion on a committee to investigate government lobbying has been voted down with 262 in favour and 357 opposed
Vincent Wood14 April 2021 16:13
Liverpool Council domestic abuse chief probed over ‘misogynistic’ mother-in-law tweet
A senior Liverpool City Council director who leads the authority’s domestic abuse strategy is being investigated after posting a “misogynistic” tweet joking about his mother-in-law drowning.
Steve Reddy, who is in charge of children’s services, has faced calls to stand down after he joked about his partner’s mum dying and ordering a wreath in the shape of a lifebelt.
The Independent’s north of England correspondent Colin Drury reports
Joe Middleton14 April 2021 15:59
No10 defends film about UK’s vaccine roll-out
Downing Street has defended the production of a film about the UK’s vaccine programme.
Last month a trailer was posted online on March 10 for the film, called A Beacon Of Hope: The UK Vaccine Story. No10 has refused to say how much the film cost or how much was paid for the music in the trailer.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said “the documentary will be published” and insisted “this was produced entirely in house by No 10 staff as part of their work” and within the existing budget for the digital communications team.
Any costs for the musical soundtrack would have come…