Though Boris Johnson’s campaign manager refuses to reveal the clients of his shadowy lobbying firm – pointedly refusing to answer Scrapbook’s questions about conflicts of interest in the capital – official Parliamentary documents reveal that Lynton Crosby was in the pay of Tory donor Michael Hintze – a long-standing benefactor of Liam Fox and Adam Werritty.
As previously covered in Private Eye, the Register of Members’ Interests offers an unusual glimpse into Crosby’s political interests. The British arm of his lobbying firm, Crosby Textor, is shown to broker a donation of Chelsea football tickets to the Tory MP Helen Grant on behalf of Michael Hintze.
Hintze famously forked out for Liam Fox MP and his best man Adam Werritty to fly from America to London last year by private jet and funded the office space from which Werritty ran his operations.
Despite promising to ensure greater transparency by obliging lobbyists to reveal details of their business and political interests, the coalition have failed to do so in time for this year’s London mayoral elections.
Boris and Lynton must be relieved.