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Boris Johnson news - live: Second inquiry into Cameron lobbying as Starmer says ‘sleaze at heart of government’

The Independent logo The Independent 14/04/2021 Joe Middleton,Adam Forrest and Vincent Wood
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Sir Keir Starmer has said the David Cameron lobbying scandal is just “the tip of the iceberg” and there was “sleaze” at the heart of government, as Boris Johnson rejected the Labour leader’s call for a parliamentary inquiry.

Sir Keir insisted an “overhaul of the whole broken system” was needed during a fiery PMQs encounter. Mr Johnson claimed “we’re having a proper independent review” – and said he “cannot remember” when he last spoke to Mr Cameron.

And while MPs voted down a move by the opposition to hold a parliamentary inquiry into the scandal, the vote was followed by an announcement the Commons Treasury committee will investigate the response of ministers, including the chancellor Rishi Sunak, to lobbying by former prime minister.

It follows the shock development that one of Mr Cameron’s top civil servants, Bill Crothers, was given permission to work part-time at Greensill while still working for the government.

It comes as the EU parliament has once again refused to set a date to ratify the Brexit trade deal. Group leaders want reassurances from Mr Johnson’s government the deal is being implemented appropriately.


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