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Greensill lobbying row: Rishi Sunak texts to David Cameron released

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The Treasury has released text messages sent by Rishi Sunak to David Cameron, amid an ongoing row over lobbying.

Mr Cameron sent messages to the chancellor’s private phone last year to ask for help for finance firm Greensill Capital.

The former PM was working as an adviser to Greensill. The two replies show Mr Sunak told Mr Cameron his suggestion was not possible.

Mr Cameron’s messages to Mr Sunak have not been released.

A source close to Mr Sunak said Mr Cameron had messaged the chancellor “multiple times” on his personal phone.

The source added he had chosen to publish the messages “in order to reassure beyond doubt that there was no wrongdoing and that he acted with integrity and propriety”.

In a reply on 3 April 2020, Mr Sunak told Mr Cameron: “Hi David, thanks for your message. I am stuck back to back on calls but will try you later this evening and if gets too late, first thing tomorrow. Best, Rishi”.

In the second reply on 23 April, Mr Sunak said: “Hi David, apologies for the delay. I think the proposals in the end did require a change to the Market Notice but I have pushed the team to explore an alternative with the Bank that might work. No guarantees, but the Bank are currently looking at it and Charles should be in touch. Best, Rishi”

It is understood that “Charles” refers to Charles Roxburgh, the second most senior civil servant at the Treasury.

This post courtesy of bbc-politics

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