When will Greensill and David Cameron appear in front of MPs?

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<p>Lex Greensill</p> (AFP via Getty Images)

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Former prime minister David Cameron and financier Lex Greensill both face questions from MPs this week after concerns of lobbying were raised earlier this year.

It will be the first time that either will have been questioned in public about the firm and its collapse since reports disclosing Mr Cameron’s lobbying on behalf of Greensill Capital emerged.

The Treasury Committee is focused on investigating the collapse of Mr Greensill’s firm, which filed for insolvency in March, and Mr Cameron’s role in trying to access government funding. Separately, Boris Johnson has called for an independent review into the affair.

Here we explain what actually happened and when the hearings are taking place.

When will Lex Greensill appear before the committee?

The Treasury committee, which has launched an inquiry into lessons that can be learned from the firm’s demise and its role working with government, is to hear from Mr Greensill on Tuesday.

Mr Greensill, a former unpaid adviser to the ex prime minister, has not spoken out or released a statement since the controversy began.

When is David Cameron facing his questioning?

Mr Cameron will face MPs on the same committee on Thursday afternoon.

What is the Greensill independent review about?

The Review will look at how Mr Greensill managed to sell his idea of Supply Chain Finance to the Government and the NHS. That will cover “the relationship between current and former Ministers and officials and Greensill Capital” which is likely to include the role played by Mr Cameron and the actions of ministers still in the Government.

It is being reviewed by lawyer Nigel Boardman.

How did the former prime minister lobby on behalf of Greensill?

Mr Cameron sent a number of texts to Mr Sunak’s private phone asking for support for Greensill, which later collapsed into administration.

It was later reported that Mr Cameron had arranged a “private drink” between Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Mr Greensill to discuss a payment scheme later rolled out in the NHS.

The former Conservative leader also emailed a senior Downing Street adviser, pressing for a rethink on Mr Greensill’s application for access to emergency funding.

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What has Mr Cameron said about the row?

Mr Cameron insisted that he did not break any codes of conduct or lobbying rules.

But he did acknowledge that he should have communicated with the Government “through only the most formal of channels”, rather than texts to Mr Sunak, and said he accepts there are “important lessons to be learnt”.

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