‘Former MPs cannot exercise influence for commercial gain’ – PRCA responds to David Cameron reports

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has responded to reports that former Prime Minister David Cameron allegedly lobbied Whitehall to increase access to emergency COVID-19 loans schemes for a private company.

Reports suggest David Cameron used his influence amongst former colleagues to secure access to funding for financial services company, Greensill Capital. The organisation now faces bankruptcy and owes debts of up $1.75bn.

Public Affairs Board Chair Liam Herbert CMPRCA:

“It is difficult to ignore the irony of a former PM who targeted the ethical and regulated practices of the public affairs industry is now uncovered as an unregistered and secret lobbyist. It is never acceptable for former parliamentarians to exercise their influence for commercial gain – these reports will cause further damage to the public’s trust in government and the democratic process.

“The majority of lobbyists operate transparently and in accordance with ethical standards. The PRCA Public Affairs is the industry’s benchmark of ethical practice. All those adhering to the code are compelled to declare information on their clients and the success of the model has proved the effectiveness of self-regulation.”

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