Cameron staffer resigns after selling access to the PM
Here’s a brief report from Al Jazeera:
A senior member of David Cameron’s Conservative party has resigned after he reportedly offered access to the British prime minister for donations of $400,000 (250,000 pounds) per year.
The Sunday Times newspaper released secretly recorded video footage of what it said was the centre-right party’s co-treasurer Peter Cruddas making the offer to undercover reporters.
In a statement on Saturday shortly after the allegations were published, Cruddas said his comments to the reporters were “bluster” but added that he had resigned from his position.
“I deeply regret any impression of impropriety arising from my bluster in that conversation. Clearly there is no question of donors being able to influence policy or gain undue access to politicians,” he said.
“Specifically, it was categorically not the case that I could offer, or that David Cameron would consider, any access as a result of a donation.
“But in order to make that clear beyond doubt, I have regrettably decided to resign with immediate effect.”