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What the David Cameron lobbying scandal reveals about UK politics

Exploring the hidden underbelly of the Westminster machine

David Cameron isn’t the first British politician to benefit from lucrative lobbying deals after a career in the Commons. Reports of the former prime minister’s informal brokering between senior politicians and Greensill Capital – now to be the subject of a formal inquiry – have exposed this often underestimated area of politics and the rules surrounding it.

On this episode of the New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss what the scandal means for British politics, and why the problem isn’t going away.

Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on the national response to the death of Prince Philip. After the response to the national mourning protocols last week, is modern Britain ready for the death of Queen Elizabeth II?

Plus, they introduce the New Statesman‘s Scotland editor Chris Deerin, who will be hosting a series of special episodes focusing on the upcoming Scottish election on 6 May.

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Further reading

Stephen discusses why the David Cameron lobbying scandal isn’t over, and how bad it will be for Rishi Sunak.

Roger Mosey, the former editorial director of the BBC, argues that the broadcaster’s wall-to-wall coverage of Prince Philip’s death was a mistake.

Anoosh investigates the government-approved private healthcare firm whose mishandling of travel Covid tests has meant people have been trapped in their homes for weeks.

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