David Cameron ‘lobbied financial secretary to Treasury for Covid support’

David Cameron lobbied another Conservative minister for access to coronavirus financial support, it was reported on Friday night.

The former prime minister contacted Jesse Norman, financial secretary to the Treasury, as well as Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, The Times said.

He was working for a senior advisor for Greensill at the time and was believed to have shared options worth up to $60 million (£44 million).

Jesse Norman served as a policy advisor in Downing Street from 2013 and has been in the Commons since 2010. He is married to Kate Bingham, who chairs the Government’s vaccine taskforce.

It comes after reports the former prime minister lobbied former colleagues in Whitehall to try to help Greensill access government-backed emergency coronavirus loan schemes, just months before the lender collapsed into insolvency.

Under legislation brought in by Mr Cameron while he was in Downing Street, anyone who directly lobbies ministers or senior officials on behalf of a third party in return for payment, must first sign up to the Government’s official register of lobbyists. Failure to do so can lead to a £7,500 civil penalty or, in severe cases, criminal prosecution.

Mr Norman, fourth from left, is on Mr Sunak's Treasury team

Mr Norman, fourth from left, is on Mr Sunak’s Treasury team

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Mr Cameron is alleged to have directly contacted the Treasury, including text messages to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Number 10 and the Bank of England, who also received approaches from Greensill.  

The former prime minister was cleared last week of breaking lobbying rules following claims that he tried to persuade Government figures to grant loans to a financial firm he worked for. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by Mr Norman. 

Mr Cameron has been an adviser to the lender since 2018. In his role in the Treasury, Mr Norman was not responsible for Covid support schemes.

Both Mr Cameron and Mr Norman were approached for comment by the Telegraph.

Labour on Friday night told The Times that the latest revelation underlined the need for the Treasury to declare all contacts with Cameron.

It comes following news that more than 60 ministers and special advisers who worked in Cameron’s government have moved into private sector jobs linked to their previous roles.

The analysis by the i newspaper found that 66 aides and politicians received approval to take up roles with potential links to areas in which they developed policy, though there is no suggestion that any have broken any rules.

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