Allegations that large donations can buy access to the heart of Cameron's Government require an independent inquiry - Trickett

1 April 2012

Jon Trickett Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, following new allegations of both cash for access and misuse of taxpayer funded government property in the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph, has called for a full independent inquiry to be brought forward and set up immediately.

Mr Trickett said:

“With new allegations of cash for access emerging on a daily basis it is vital that David Cameron comes clean about the full scale and nature of his many meetings with wealthy donors. He needs to establish an independent inquiry immediately so people can have confidence that this matter will be resolved.

"It has now been suggested that the list of meetings published by David Cameron last week was incomplete, with numerous other meetings with big Tory donors, including Peter Cruddas, not being disclosed.

"This drip, drip of revelations cannot be allowed to continue. We need a full list of all donors met by David Cameron, not just those the Conservatives themselves class as 'significant'. As David Cameron himself said, "sunshine is the best disinfectant".  

"We also need to get to the bottom of further allegations suggesting the misuse of government property for Tory fundraising - a potential breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct.  

"Allegations that large donations can buy access to the heart of David Cameron's government are incredibly serious. A Tory Party-led investigation of Tory Party fundraising is not enough - we need a full, independent investigation immediately."