Nadhim Zahawi ‘misled officials over David Cameron’s Greensill messages’

Nadhim Zahawi failed to tell officials that he had exchanged WhatsApp messages with David Cameron when the former PM was contacting ministers about Greensill Capital loans, it

has been reported. The Tory chair – fighting for his political life after admitting he had to settle a tax dispute with HMRC – wrongly told investigators that he had not

exchanged messages with Mr Cameron, according to The Times. A probe by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) found that Mr Zahawi did not tell officials about messages

from Mr Cameron looking for help with contact details, the newspaper said. Mr Zahawi later admitted messages were exchange – but said they had been deleted, after their

existence was established and the ICO returned to ask him again about the communication. Mr Cameron’s work lobbying for loans for the failed finance firm Greensill Capital

sparked a scandal in 2021, when the former PM admitted he should have communicated with ministers through “formal channels” rather than via text and WhatsApp. The former

Tory leader wrote to Mr Zahawi that founder Lex Greensill “says you are being v helpful over HMT and CBILS programme. Would it help if I pinged a message to Richard Sharp? I used

to see him a bit in early leadership days but haven’t so much recently [...] All good wishes Dc.” The ICO inquiry stated: “It is our understanding that Mr Zahawi does not

know how the WhatsApp messages from Mr Cameron came to be deleted from his mobile phone.” It comes as Mr Zahawi comes under growing pressure to set out the details of his

estimated £5m tax settlement with HMRC, with some Tory MPs telling The Independent his position was “untenable”.