#AceNewsReport – Apr.06: The RCL’s decision came as a surprise to observers as Cameron had demonstrably tried to lobby government figures to increase Greensill Capital’s access to emergency Covid-19 loans after the troubled company collapsed into administration:
Labor Party calls for more regulated lobbying industry: ‘Labor’s intervention comes after former Tory Prime Minister, David Cameron, was cleared by a lobbying watchdog of any wrongdoing in relation to his association with a collapsed lender’ The Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists (RCL) concluded that Cameron had not breached existing laws and regulations by contacting officials on behalf of collapsed financial firm, Greensill Capital.
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It has emerged that under current rules and arrangements, Cameron was not classed as an outside “consultant” lobbyist and by extension he apparently was not obliged to make a declaration when he sought employment with Greensill Capital after he left public office.
Shadow Cabinet Office minister, Rachel Reeves, reacted to the RCL’s controversial decision by branding existing lobbying rules as “toothless”.
Reeves said it was “crucial” ministers draft legislation in next month’s Queen’s Speech to expand the register of consultant lobbyists to include “in house” lobbyists and consultants like the former Tory leader.
For their part, the government said in a statement that they have “significantly increased transparency since 2010 – routinely publishing details of contracts, spending and meetings, and introducing a statutory register of consultant lobbyists”.
#AceUKNews – BRITAIN – April 18 – Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to US President Barack Obama’s campaigns to help with its leader’s election bid next year, AP reported.
The UK opposition party said David Axelrod will join its election campaign team as senior strategic adviser.
Axelrod, a key figure behind Obama’s two presidential victories, will take part in regular strategic discussions with party leader Ed Miliband. Axelrod said on Thursday that both Miliband and Obama had the vision to focus on the “experience of everyday people.”
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(WP) – Axelrod, the political consultant who for two years was Barack Obama’s senior adviser at the White House, often derides fellow consultants he says see themselves as being at least as important as – and often smarter than – the candidates for whom they work.
“I have never believed in the Wizard of Oz theory of consulting, that I am all-knowing and all-seeing, and that everyone around me is kind of a backbencher,” he once said.
#AceUKNews says according to the Daily Mirror a Tory MP worth £110 million is raking in £625,000 a year from his hard-up tenants’ housing benefit – despite blasting the “something for nothing” welfare state.
Richard Benyon – Britain’s richest MP – runs his vast property empire from a mansion on his sprawling country pile.
But last night he was accused of cashing in off the back of the very handouts his party pledged to slash – as it emerged a string of other Tories were doing the same.
Just last month the MP, 53, said: “The average household spends £3,000 per year on the welfare state. This figure had been rising inexorably and are unaffordable.”
Mr Benyon has also attacked the Labour Party over payments and said: “Labour want benefits to go up more than the earnings of people in work.
It is not fair and we will not let them bring back their something for nothing culture.” He is a director of the Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited, which owns most of the land and property linked to his family.
It got £625,964 in housing benefit from West Berkshire council last year, more than any other private landlord in the area.