David Cameron faces grilling by MPs over lobbying for Greensill

A dressed-down David Cameron left his London home today as he braces for a grilling from MPs over his lobbying for collapsed finance firm Greensill Capital.

The former PM is facing hours of gruelling back-to-back hearings with the Commons Treasury and Public Accounts committees as he defends his activities.

Earlier this week the Treasury Committee released dozens of texts and emails Mr Cameron sent to ministers and senior officials appealing for their help in gaining access for Greensill to Covid support programmes.

They included toe-curling messages to senior civil servants saying he was looking forward to an ‘elbow bump’ with Rishi Sunak.

There were also direct contacts with the Chancellor, Matt Hancock and Michael Gove, as well as senior officials at the Treasury and the Bank of England.

Mr Cameron has insisted he broke no rules when acting on behalf of the firm, but admitted he could have made approaches in a more formal way. There have been claims he stood to make tens of millions of pounds from shares if Greensill had floated on the stock market.

In the end the firm did not get access to the government schemes.  

Mr Cameron, who is expected to give evidence by video link, was casually dressed in a green plaid shirt under a jacket as he left home this morning. 

He once famously told Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs to ‘put on a proper suit, do up your tie and sing the national anthem’. 

A dressed-down David Cameron left his London home today as he braces for a grilling from MPs over his lobbying for collapsed finance firm Greensill Capital

Mr Cameron pictured with Lex Greensill on a trip to Saudi Arabia in January last year

Mr Cameron pictured with Lex Greensill on a trip to Saudi Arabia in January last year

Mr Cameron sent a toe-curling message saying he was looking forward to an 'elbow bump' with Rishi Sunak (pictured)

Mr Cameron sent a toe-curling message saying he was looking forward to an ‘elbow bump’ with Rishi Sunak (pictured)

David Cameron’s toe-curling barrage of messages lobbying ministers 

David Cameron‘s toe-curling barrage of messages to ministers and officials as he lobbied on behalf of Greensill were revealed earlier this week.

The Treasury Committee published a full list of the former PM’s contacts after he disclosed them ahead of the evidence session today.

They show that he fired off an array of texts and emails, some signed ‘Love Dc‘ and suggesting meet-ups for ‘elbow bumps’. 

The powerful cross-party committee is investigating the collapse of Greensill Capital and lobbying of the Treasury and Bank of England on its behalf. 

Mr Cameron has denied breaking any lobbying rules, but admitted he should have made approaches in a more formal way.  

The messages revealed include to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove.

He also contacted vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi. 

One text message to Mr Gove on April 3 last year acknowledged the minister is ‘manically busy’, adding: ‘But do you have a moment for a word? I am on this number and v free. All good wishes Dc.’

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