Boris Johnson has commissioned an independent inquiry into the lobbying scandal involving David Cameron and Greensill Capital, the collapsed finance company.
Downing Street said on Monday that the Cabinet Office had launched a wide-ranging investigation after acknowledging that there was “significant interest in this matter”. The prime minister wanted to ensure the government was “completely transparent ”
The inquiry will be led by Nigel Boardman, a partner at Slaughter and May and a non-executive director at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He is also chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.
Johnson’s spokesperson said the review would examine “issues of supply chain finance and the role Greensill played” as well as “the way contracts were secured. Engagement with businesses, including the private lobbying by Cameron, will be covered by the Boardman inquiry,.”
Boardman, an experienced lawyer, was chosen by Number 10 as “an experienced person to lead this independent review”.
The formal terms of reference for the Boardman Inquiry will be published on Monday. Downing Street did not say when the review would be published but the spokesperson said Johnson wanted the review to be “done thoroughly and promptly”