Boris Johnson news – live: Calls for Cameron-Greensill probe, as No10 says PM has ‘no case to answer’ on Arcuri

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An inquiry should be launched into the former prime minister David Cameron’s work with a scandal-hit banker, Labour has said.

Mr Cameron’s friend Lex Greensill had “privileged access” to government departments during his time in Downing Street, according to the Sunday Times.

Labour has claimed that his company Greensill would not have collapsed, putting thousands of steel jobs at risk, if the Tories had backed its proposed changes to the Lobbying Act in 2014.

Speaking on Monday, Keir Starmer said “there’s got to be an inquiry, we need to get to the bottom of what happened, who spoke to who and what effect did it have”.

“It’s the latest example of how Conservative cronyism has weakened our economy, costing jobs and taxpayer money,” shadow cabinet office minister Rachel Reeves said.

Like his predecessor, the current prime minister Boris Johnson also continues to be embroiled in a scandal.

Downing Street said on Monday that Mr Johnson had “no case to answer” over claims he used his position as mayor of London to help his lover Jennifer Arcuri secure thousands of pounds of public money.

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Labour urges inquiry into David Cameron’s relationship with Greensill

Labour has called for an inquiry into former prime minister David Cameron’s links to the collapsed financial services firm Greensill Capital.

Keir Starmer said “we need to get to the bottom of what happened, who spoke to who and what effect did it have”, following allegations that Lex Greensill was given “privileged access” to government during his friend Mr Cameron’s time in No 10.

Our policy correspondent Jon Stone reports:

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