David Cameron, Jeremy Heywood, Lex Greensill and all that ‘free money’ | News

A controversial financier forced through a government loan scheme from which he directly benefited after citing the personal authority of the prime minister at the time, David Cameron.

Lex Greensill, an Australian banker, told No 10 advisers and senior civil servants via email that “the PM” had requested that he implement his ideas “across government”.

The disclosure comes as a cache of emails leaked to The Sunday Times sheds light on the biggest lobbying scandal in a generation.

They show that in late 2012 Greensill sent details of his proposed multibillion-pound NHS loan scheme to senior officials but was so confident he stated: “We are not seeking your approval”.

Weeks earlier civil servants warned that his proposal was potentially unlawful and that the then 34-year-old

2021-04-03 23:01:00