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he Treasury has released two text messages sent by Rishi Sunak amid an ongoing lobbying row.

They relate to former prime minister David Cameron “reaching out informally by telephone” to him, as well as Economic Secretary John Glen and Financial Secretary Jesse Norman, over Covid support for the collapsed finance company Greensill Capital.

Greensill had approached Treasury officials regarding access to the Covid Corporate Finance Facility (CCFF), administered by the Bank of England.

The firm – whose backers included Credit Suisse- was run by Lex Greensill – a former unpaid adviser to the ex-PM during his time in No 10.

The texts show Mr Sunak told Mr Cameron his request for access to government-backed loans was not possible.

The Chancellor defended the decision to listen to the requests given the desire to help businesses survive the Covid-19 pandemic

Mr Sunak also published two text messages he sent to Mr Cameron in April 2020, although messages sent by Mr Cameron have been withheld by the Government.

David Cameron

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The Treasury, responding to a Freedom of Information request, said: “These communications were made by David Cameron in his capacity as an employee of Greensill, and with an expectation of confidence.”

The first message from Mr Sunak to Mr Cameron, sent on April 3 2020, read: “Hi David, thanks for your message.

“I am stuck back to back on calls but will try you later this evening and if gets too late, first thing tomorrow. Best, Rishi.”



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