From SNP Press Office
The SNP will use today’s (Wednesday) debate on lobbying to ramp up pressure over the Tory cronyism rife in Westminster – demanding that the Ministers involved in the Greensill scandal come before Parliament to disclose their exchanges immediately.
Speaking ahead of the debate, SNP MP Brendan O’Hara said the Greensill scandal – the most recent in a long list of Tory cronyism scandals – has revealed the extent of access granted to government departments to firms with close links to the Tory party.
David Cameron lobbied the Chancellor and Health Secretary, as well as senior Government officials, to try and secure access for Greensill Capital to taxpayer funded Covid loan schemes. He exchanged text messages with Rishi Sunak – on his personal phone – and took Matt Hancock to private drinks to discuss financial support for the firm.
Cameron was reportedly set to receive tens of millions of pounds through the shares that he held before the company collapsed.
Commenting, Brendan O’Hara MP said:
“Boris Johnson’s Tory government is stumbling from one scandal to the next. The latest developments around Greensill Capital and access to government departments for those with links to the Tory party has only hammers home that the Westminster system is broken and isn’t working for Scotland.
“Tory Ministers and former Prime Ministers casually texting each other over government access reeks of corruption and cronyism – so to set the record straight the ministers involved must immediately come before Parliament and disclose their exchanges with David Cameron.
“Scotland faces a choice of two futures – Tory cronyism under the broken Westminster system, or the opportunity to build a fairer future as an independent country in a post-pandemic referendum.
“The issue at the election will be this: who has the right to decide Scotland’s future after the pandemic – people in Scotland or Boris Johnson? Only both votes SNP on May 6th can put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.”
Greensill scandal developments: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/david-cameron-lobbied-no-10-and-hancock-for-greensill-nht3x2c5z
Cameron took Greensill for private drink with Matt Hancock to discuss NHS payment scheme: https://news.sky.com/story/cameron-took-greensill-for-private-drink-with-hancock-to-discuss-nhs-payment-scheme-report-12272159