Gordon Brown has suggested former prime ministers should be banned from lobbying on behalf of businesses for five years after leaving Downing Street. The ex-Labour premier proposed such a measure if existing rules can’t be tightened to stop departed ministers from lobbying for commercial purposes. It follows the actions of Mr Brown ‘s predecessor as prime minister, David Cameron , who approached serving ministers and officials about the involvement of Greensill Capital in government-backed financial support schemes during the coronavirus crisis. What is the lobbying scandal and why is David Cameron involved? After weeks of silence, Mr Cameron this weekend finally commented on the matter and accepted there were “important lessons to be learnt”, although he stressed he had broken “no codes of conduct and no government rules”. Asked about Mr Cameron’s remarks, Mr Brown told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I can’t comment on the individual detail of this, but for me there are principles about public service – it cannot ever become a platform for private gain. Advertisement “Ministers must never be lobbying, former ministers, prime ministers, must never be lobbying for commercial purposes. Current ministers should not be entertaining such lobbying. “And if we can’t succeed in… Read full this story
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