Sunday 1 August 2021 / 10:30 PM Anneliese Dodds / Cronyism

Labour calls on the Conservatives to name which government ministers met with ‘cash for access’ donors

Labour has called on the Conservatives to publish the names of all the Government ministers who secretly met with the select group of elite donors that have been funding the Conservative Party.

The Conservatives have been engulfed in another cash for access fundraising scandal after it emerged over the weekend that Co-Chair of the Conservative Party, Ben Elliot, has been offering access to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to those who had paid a five-figure fee to become members of a shadowy ‘Advisory Board’.

Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour Party Chair, has now written to the other Co-Chair of the Conservative Party, Amanda Milling, asking her to explain the workings of this group and come clean about the powerful elite who have paid to be part of it.

She calls on Milling to publish a list of every government minister who attended meetings or engagements with members of the group and a full list of the elite donors – including minutes of when those meetings took place.

Labour is also demanding to know what access the group had and what they used that access to lobby for.

Elliot’s involvement in orchestrating exclusive meetings between elite donors and senior government ministers is the latest in a long line of lobbying and cash for access scandals to engulf the Conservatives.

Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour Party Chair, said:

“The Conservatives have serious questions to answer over this latest cash for access scandal.

“The public have a right to know which government ministers are meeting with donors who have access to the corridors of power, including what appears to be exclusive access to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.

“The way that Boris Johnson and his friends go about their business seems to be less about what is right and more about what they can get away with.

“There cannot be one rule for high-ranking Conservatives and their friends, and another rule for everyone else.”