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Cross-party backing for lobbying rules change, says MP William Wragg

John Dunne
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William Wragg, chairman of the public administration and constitutional affairs committee

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The Tory MP leading a Commons committee investigating lobbying is confident there is bipartisan support for “meaningful change” in the wake of the Greensill Capital row.

William Wragg, chairman of the public administration and constitutional affairs committee, said: “There’s an understanding that something must be done, but we have to translate that natural understanding into tangible proposals.

“We can all approach this in a fairly consensual, cross-party way to make sure that we do have meaningful change.”

A series of probes have been commissioned, including by Downing Street, as Westminster examines the role former prime minister David Cameron played in securing Whitehall access for Greensill, which was selected as an intermediary lender for some Government Covid-19 support loans at the start of the pandemic, and whose collapse risks thousands of jobs.

The saga deepened last week after it emerged the former head of government procurement, Bill Crothers, took a part-time position with the failed firm while still in his Whitehall post.

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