Poll: Lobbying row IS hurting Boris two weeks before crunch electionsApril 23, 2021
Lobbying row IS hurting Boris two weeks before crunch elections: PM faces fresh questions over ‘WhatsApp government’ as poll finds a FIFTH of Brits aware of Greensill row are less likely to vote for the Tories
- Poll for MailOnline shows Greensill lobbying row is cutting through with voters
- A majority of voters said they are aware of the row over David Cameron lobbying
- Of those aware, almost a fifth said they are now less likely to vote for the Tories
The Greensill lobbying row is hurting Boris Johnson with voters ahead of crunch elections next month, a new poll suggests.
An exclusive survey conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for MailOnline found that a majority of the public have heard of or followed the revelations about David Cameron’s lobbying of the Government.
Some 18 per cent said they had followed a great deal of the story, 28 per cent said quite a bit and 30 per cent said some, while a quarter (24 per cent) said not at all.
Among those who had followed the news, almost a fifth said it had made them less likely to vote for the Conservative Party.
The Greensill lobbying row is hurting Boris Johnson with voters ahead of crunch elections next month, a new poll suggests. An exclusive survey conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for MailOnline found a majority of the public have heard of or followed the revelations about David Cameron’s lobbying of the Government
Asked whether the lobbying row had changed the way they intend to vote at next month’s elections on May 6, 19 per cent said they were now less likely to vote Tory.
The majority, 57 per cent, said the row had not changed their likely voting intention while 10 per cent said they were now more likely to vote for the Tories.
Among those who had heard about the row, more than half (54 per cent) said their view of the Conservative Party had not changed.
But 26 per cent said they do now have a more negative view of the Tories while nine per cent said they have a more positive view and 11 per cent said they do not know.
Asked whether the row had changed their view of Mr Cameron, some 38 per cent said they now have a more negative view of the former prime minister.
But 41 per cent said their view of him had not changed while 10 per cent now have a more positive view.
The poll comes after it emerged yesterday that Mr Cameron personally lobbied the top civil servant at the Treasury and the deputy governor of the Bank of England on behalf of the failed finance firm Greensill Capital.
Sir Tom Scholar, the permanent secretary at the Treasury, revealed that the former prime minister had called him on his mobile phone as well as sending a series of texts.
Separately, the Bank disclosed that Mr Cameron had set up a call between the firm’s founder, Australian financier Lex Greensill, and deputy governor Sir Jon Cunliffe.
It released a series of emails showing how he tried to enlist Sir Jon’s help when the Treasury rejected Greensill’s application to join one of the Government’s Covid support schemes.
Mr Johnson earlier this month commissioned the senior lawyer Nigel Boardman to investigate the row after it emerged Mr Cameron had lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak and other ministers on the firm’s behalf.
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