David Cameron took scandal-struck financier Lex Greensill for a “private drink” with Secretary of Health Matt Hancock to discuss a payment scheme that was later introduced at the NHS.
As Prime Minister, Cameron ranked Lex Greensill – the Australian who ran the company – 10th as an unpaid supply chain finance advisor and joined his company after leaving office.
Mr Cameron is facing increasing scrutiny of his efforts to provide the company with access to Covid loans – efforts that have lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak and two other Treasury Ministers.
It is believed that Mr Greensill had written to Mr Hancock’s office about the payment scheme in August 2019 and copied it into Lord Prior, Chairman of NHS England, before the Minister of Health commissioned advice from officials.
An ally of Mr Hancock confirmed that a drink had taken place between Mr Cameron the Minister of Health and the Australian financier in October 2019.
Mr. Greensill’s company at the time wanted to implement a flexible system of paying doctors and nurses either daily or weekly.
NHS SBS, a joint venture between the Department of Health and Welfare (DHSC) and a French IT company, announced last October that Earnd, a mobile app that was then a division of Greensill, will be available for free. free for NHS staff to access their pay.
David Cameron took scandal-struck financier Lex Greensill (right) for a “private drink” with Secretary of Health Matt Hancock to discuss a payment scheme that was later introduced at the NHS
Mr Hancock had directed Mr Greensill to work directly with the NHS rather than his department, according to the ally, who insisted that the final decision on using the system for local NHS employers be made.
“Matt did absolutely the right thing – he kept the officials informed of the deal we were talking about,” said the friend.
Greensill Capital has now filed for bankruptcy despite Mr Sunak facing claims yesterday. Its officials tried to redesign one of the key pandemic support programs to suit the company.
The Treasury Department re-examined Mr Greensill’s application for an emergency coronavirus loan after the former Prime Minister sent a senior advisor to Boris Johnson. The Sunday Times reports.
The newspaper also alleged that the ex-prime minister emailed Boris Johnson’s senior special adviser last year that the Treasury Department was “insane” to exclude Mr. Greensill’s company from a Covid loan program.
“What we need is Rishi (Sunak) to look closely and ask the officials to find a way to make it work,” Cameron wrote last year.
And it was suggested today that Mr. Cameron’s embarrassment was fueled by Michael Gove’s aide.
Former Prime Minister’s allies, exempt from lobbying rule violations, claim he was caught in a “pincer movement” between the 10-man aides loyal to Mr. Gove and former mandarins Lord Macpherson and Lord Kerslake, who are now Crossbench colleagues.
It is believed that Mr Greensill had written to Mr Hancock’s office about the payment scheme in August 2019 and copied it into Lord Prior, Chairman of NHS England, before the Minister of Health commissioned advice from officials
Greensill (its UK base is pictured) wanted the Bank of England to act as the ultimate guarantor of protecting their clients in the event of further economic troubles
Mr Cameron allegedly called the decision to exclude his employer’s company, Greensill Capital, from Rishi Sunak’s multi-billion dollar Covid program as “insane” and urged the Chancellor for a re-examination
They are suspicious of the roles played by Simone Finn, Deputy Chief of Staff of Downing Street, and Henry Newman, Senior Advisor, who both worked for Francis Maude as Paymaster General in the Cameron administration before joining Mr. Gove connected.
Baroness Finn was also romantically linked to Mr. Gove after they left Oxford University.
It was reported that a suggestion made by Mr Greensill, while working at No. 10, to use private funds to pay for NHS-affiliated pharmacies “was passed directly to Mr Cameron, who signed it … completely bypassing Francis Maude “.
One of Cameron’s friends said, “It was discovered how Maude got out of all the smell of roses. It also helped put Rishi back in his box a bit and got sidetracked by stories of Downing Street renovation costs. ‘
The former prime minister (pictured) has scrutinized his efforts to intervene on behalf of Greensill Capital to give the company access to Covid loans
And it was suspected today that Mr Cameron’s embarrassment was fueled by Michael Gove’s aide (pictured).
Both former officials denied the allegations, while a No. 10 source also categorically denied that Ms. Finn and Mr. Newman were involved.
Lord Kerslake was Head of Public Service during Mr. Cameron’s tenure, and at the time Mr. Greensill joined Team Number 10 in 2012.
After his resignation in 2014, Lord Kerslake was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn to prepare Labor for power. Cameron’s allies suspect that he has passed information on the matter to the media through Labor contacts.
High-ranking sources also suggest that Lord Macpherson, the permanent Secretary of the Treasury under Mr Cameron, could have read up on him and the late Lord Heywood – who is now posthumously involved in the series – after losing to Heywood over the Plum Cabinet Secretary.
Lord Macpherson denied the allegations, saying, “I have never met Greensill or seen anything related to him when I was at the Treasury Department.” He also insisted that he “never had access to inside information or documents regarding Greensill”.
Lord Kerslake dismissed any suggestion made against Mr Cameron as “utter nonsense”.
Mr. Hancock’s allies insisted that he behaved correctly and informed the officers of the meeting. Sources close to the ex-prime minister said last night that Mr Cameron himself had not blamed anyone.