Sunderland MP calls for an investigation into Rishi Sunak’s involvement with Greensill Capital
Sunderland MP Bridget Phillipson has called for an investigation into whether or not the Chancellor of the Exchequer breached the ministerial code over messages regarding Greensill Capital.
The Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson, has called for an investigation into Rishi Sunak’s handling and involvement with the Greensill Capital controversy.
It is alleged that prime minister David Cameron used his personal links to Rishi Sunak to lobby the Government to select Greensill Capital as an intermediary lender for some Covid-19 support loans at the start of the pandemic.
Now Bridget Phillipson has written to the Director General of Propriety and Ethics to open an investigation into the Chancellor’s handling of the matter.
The Sunderland MP posted the letter on her Twitter account, which says: “I am writing to ask you if you will open an investigation into the role of Ministers in HM Treasury in the Greensill lobbying affair.
"Evidence has come to light in recent days which suggests that the Chancellor of the Exchequer may have broken the Ministerial Code.
"So that public confidence in the Government and office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer is not undermined, it is essential that a full, through and transparent investigation is carried out.”
Mrs Phillipson highlights in her letter that civil servants were not present during discussions with Greensill and the Government and that meetings should have been arranged via the “appropriate channels”, rather than text messages.
A number of probes, including by Downing Street, have already been launched into the handling of the controversy to determine if any wrongdoing has taken place.