Showing remarkable prescience, if not self awareness, David Cameron previously claimed lobbying was “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. And when Stephen Byers infamously described himself as like a “cab for hire” in March 2010, he demanded an official inquiry, saying the scandal: “… goes to the heart of the issue of the integrity of government.” Two […]

Cabinet minister Francis Maude’s verdict on the cash-for-access scandal on the Today Programme this morning (click orange play button below): “This is a bit of nonsense.” Despite previous bluster on transparency, Maude steadfastly refused to reveal who has had intimate dinners at David Cameron’s Downing Street flat — even when they are Conservative Party donors. Some […]

Perhaps undercover Sunday Times journalists are entitled to feel ripped off by the Tories’ disgraced former co-treasurer Peter Cruddas. While £250,000 can get you one-to-one dinners with Dave at his Downing Street flat, the Conservative Party’s website is advertising dinners with the prime minister by committing to a donation of £50,000 per year: The top donor clubs […]

The controversial lobbyist at the centre of the cash-for-access scandal had David Cameron’s picture on her business card. Sarah Southern was employed by undercover Sunday Times journalists to engage Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas on behalf of shadowy wealth fund executives. With the Tory grandee after trying to flog secret meetings with David Cameron for […]