David Cameron, battling to contain a fundraising scandal, has promised to disclose his own contacts with donors to the ruling Conservatives.
The British prime minister has acknowledged having had dinner meetings with major contributors to his party, but insists the meetings were all above board.
He said: “None of these dinners were fundraising dinners. And none of these dinners were paid for by the taxpayer. I have known most of those attending for many years. Let me add that Peter Cruddas has never recommended anyone to come to dinner in my flat, nor has he been to dinner there himself.”
Cruddas, a Conservative party treasurer has resigned after being caught on camera offering meetings with the prime minister in return for big contributions. Cameron’s opponents want an independent inquiry.
Michael Dugher, a Labour MP said: “There has got to be a balance struck here. But there is a sense in Westminster that David Cameron routinely uses private engagements as cover really for things that are not private engagements. So, I think we have got to see far more transparency and disclosure from the prime minister.”
Cameron has distanced himself from Peter Cruddas and described his activities as “unacceptable.“ However, analysts say the affair may yet undermine the premier, who promised to clean up British politics after last year’s expenses scandal that affected all the main parties.
Cameron to reveal contacts in response to scandal