Labour vote rejected in Commons: MPs defeat motion for inquiry into Greensill scandal

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Their demand came in the midst of a growing controversy after it emerged former Prime minister David Cameron had used his links with ministers in an attempt to persuade the Government to hire the services of a company he was employed by.

Mr Cameron sent several text messages to Chancellor Rishi Sunak asking him to consider using the now-defunct Greensill Capital.

Labour’s calls for a parliamentary inquiry intensified after it emerged that the former head of Whitehall procurement became an adviser to Greensill Capital while still working as a civil servant, in a move approved by the Cabinet Office.

Bill Crothers began working for the firm as a part-time adviser to the board in September 2015 and did not leave his role as Government chief commercial officer until November that year.

MPs rejected Labour’s bid for the inquiry by 357 votes to 262, majority 95.

Prime Minister has admitted he shares the “widespread concern” regarding the situation but said there was no need for a parliamentary inquiry as an independent review had already been ordered by the Government.

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