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posted on 11/4/2021 09:58Dodgy Dave - Gav

 David Cameron took the disgraced financier Lex Greensill to a private meeting with Matt Hancock at which the pair lobbied the health secretary to introduce a payment scheme that was later offered within the NHS.

The former prime minister is at the centre of a lobbying scandal after it emerged he contacted ministers on behalf of Greensill Capital, a financial services company he advised and in which he held share options potentially worth tens of millions of pounds. It has since gone bust, threatening 55,000 jobs across the world, including 5,000 in Britain.

In October 2019, Cameron, 54, arranged and attended a “private drink” with Hancock and Greensill, the Australian banker whose firm wanted to introduce a scheme to remunerate doctors and nurses before their usual paydays. They were joined by Bill Crothers, the former head of government procurement who had become a director at Greensill Capital.

The meeting came two months after Greensill, 44, had emailed Hancock, 42, proposing a collaboration and claiming that senior NHS officials were “overwhelmingly positive” about the idea. After receiving the email, Hancock commissioned advice from civil servants.

One of those copied into the correspondence was Lord Prior, the chairman of NHS England and a minister in the Cameron adminstration.

It can separately be revealed that Prior, 66, who was awarded his peerage under Cameron, arranged meetings between Greensill and two of the NHS’s most powerful officials: Simon Stevens, its chief executive, and Dido Harding, then head of NHS Improvement. It is understood that Stevens met Greensill briefly at the behest of Prior.

The disclosure means that the health secretary is the fourth minister to become embroiled in the biggest lobbying scandal in a generation. The other three are chancellor Rishi Sunak, who told Cameron he had “pushed” officials to consider changing a government scheme, and two Treasury ministers.

There are no minutes of Hancock’s meeting with Cameron and Greensill. It is not logged in transparency releases and civil servants did not attend.

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  • Dodgy Dave - Gav 11/4 09:58 (read 191 times, 2 posts in thread)