Boris Johnson has been accused of orchestrating a cover-up of the Greensill lobbying scandal after he an official review issued a slight rebuke of David Cameron while criticizing a deceased senior official.
A report written by City attorney Nigel Boardman also praised lobbying for a functioning democracy after admitting that the businessmando Lex Greensill has been granted" extraordinarily privileged "access to Downing Street.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron and the late cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood have been criticized in the '141-page review written by city attorney Nigel Boardman.
Cameron "downplayed " the nature of his relationship with Greensill when he lobbied officials and "could have been clearer " about his work for the Australian financier, according to the report.
He claims that a memo to the prime minister in 2012 stated that Lord Heywood was the principal rresponsible for giving Greensill a role in government.
But Boardman's review defended existing lobbying rules, saying that while there are improvements to be made, "the current system and those that work within it have worked well ".
"The commitment between government and a wide range of interested parties, which many refer to as "lobbying", is essential for a functioning democracy, "Boardman said.
The report refrained from criticizing sitting ministers and advisers who were pressured by Greensill and Cameron, which drew strong condemnation from Labor. Angela Rayner , deputy party leader, said the report was designedas "a classic Boris Johnson cover-up and money laundering to protect the government ".
Boardman, 70, was appointed in April to conduct an independent contract investigation government officials and lobbying involving a number of senior Conservative politicians, including Cameron, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, MP and former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Peer Francis Maude.
Supply chain financier Greensill had access to Downing Street when Cameron was Prime Minister and Heywood was Cabinet Secretary. After leaving government, Cameron became an advisor to Greensill Capital and lobbied ministers, including Sunak, to access government guaranteed loans.
The report, totaled141 pages, states: "It is clear from the evidence I have reviewed that Mr. Greensill had a privileged - and at times extraordinarily privileged - relationship with government.
Boardman concludes that Cameron" could have been clearer about his relationship with Greensill Capital "in his communications with the Treasury, Bank of England and officials.
Cameron told Boardman that Greensill Capital pays him " a good amount of money every year "and he had equity and participated in an uncapped discretionary bonus plan.
Boardman concludes that the former leader of the Conservative Party "did not break the current lobbying rules and his actions were not illegal ", the evidence does not appear nor show that he played a role in Greensill 's entry into government.
The review also throws a new light.airage on the meetings involving Cameron and Hancock that took place in October 2019.
Hancock told Boardman he didn 't expect that other Greensill employees were there and he thought he was I just met Cameron. Cameron said Hancock knew ahead of time that he would be accompanied by colleagues, including Greensill himself.
According to an email from Cameron to Hancock which was published in the journal, Hancock was impressed with Greensill 's proposal to allow NHS employees to withdraw their wages earlier through an app.
The review claims that Heywood was" primarily responsible "for securing Greensill a role in government, during Cameron's tenure.
He It was mentioned that the appointment of Greensill to the Economic and Domestic Secretariat of the Cabinet Office was referred to a "committee ofapproval, "to which Heywood, who worked with the Morgan Stanley financier, replied," Of course, even though the bureaucracy has gone mad!
The review indicates that Greensill has received official computing and security. access for the Cabinet Office and, with support from Heywood, for No 10.
The role in government provided Greensill "with a platform of marketing for Greensill Capital's business with the private sector ".
" It is not known why Mr. Greensill was allowed to remain a government adviser on supply chain financing under these circumstances, "Boardman wrote.
Critics have claimed that Boardman should not have been in charge of the 'investigation due to his close relations with the government and the Conservative Party - he was non-executive director at the Ministry of Business, Energy Strategytick and industrial and is the target a former Conservative Party candidate .
Reacting to the report, Suzanne Heywood, the widow of Lord Heywood of Whitehall, said the report was flawed, notably because no one was allowed to speak on behalf of her husband.
"The findings of this review are a
"Boardman conducted a deeply flawed process from start to finish, gagging my representation. late husband to facilitate his scapegoat, upon ministerial approval of Francis Maude and the government of the 'era f or the appointment of Mr. Greensill, "she said.
Rayner said the terms of the investigation were limited to avoid a wider investigation into lobbying, privileged access and the revolving door between Whitehall and business.
"The rules that are supposed to regulate lobbying are grossly inadequate and require radical and immediate overhaul, "she said.
In April, Cameron admitted he should have contacted the government "through only the most formal channels " rather than texting Sunak, as it recognized its missteps in the controversy.
Responding to report, Cameron said he was "satisfied that the report confirms that I have not broken any rules ".
"I still have said there were lessons to be learned, and I agree with the need for stronger lines of communicationmelles. "