LINE of Duty’s Ted Hastings and the AC-12 unit are needed to hold an inquiry and root out “sleaze” after the David Cameron Greensill row, Sir Keir Starmer joked today.
The Labour boss caused chuckles in the House of Commons when he called for the police squad in the hit BBC drama to be brought in to “get to the bottom” of what happened.
Ex-PM David Cameron is under fire for his lobbying links after leaving No10 to work for Greensill Capital Finance.
Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation but Labour are heaping on pressure for a full-blown inquiry instead.
They will force a vote on the issue tonight, but the PM has ordered Tory MPs to vote against it.
Sir Keir said at PMQs today: “The more I listen to the PM, the more I think Ted Hastings and AC12 are needed to get to the bottom of this one!”
He said the Greensill “scandal” was “just the tip of the iceberg” and ministers were presiding over “dodgy contracts, privileged access, and jobs for their mates – this is the return of Tory sleaze.”
The PM later said: “We are getting on with rooting out bent coppers… we are also hiring thousands more officers.”
Boris had blasted Labour for voting to repeal the 2014 Lobbying Act, but said he shared the “widespread concern” about such practises across Whitehall.
“It’s not clear those boundaries have been properly understood,” he said, vowing his investigation would get to the bottom of what happened.
Former PM Mr Cameron bombarded Chancellor Rishi Sunak, other ministers and aides with messages asking for millions in Covid bailout cash for his employer Greensill Capital, which received nothing and collapsed in March.
The scandal deepened last night after it emerged one of his top civil servants worked for Greensill while in Whitehall.
Ex-top mandarin Bill Crothers took a role as an adviser at the finance capital firm in September 2015, while Mr Cameron was in No10.
The next year he quit the civil service and began work as a Greensill director.
But he allegedly failed to ask the parliamentary watchdog for permission — apparently flouting rules to stop civil servants cashing in on government ties.
Line of Duty fans are enthralled in the latest season of the hit BBC crime drama.
Brits are gripped as Ted Hastings, Kate Fleming and Steve Arnott try to crack their latest case of whether corrupt police are hampering investigations.
And they are desperate to know who the next top copper ‘H’ is who is helping organised crime gangs do their bidding.
Last night The Sun told how a BBC leak revealed that a top actor is joining the show – as the corp launch an urgent probe.
A gaffe by bungling staff at BBC Maestro, which sells online screenwriting courses, revealed the identity of a major celebrity appearing in Sunday’s episode.
Line of Duty’s writer Jed Mercurio was good-humoured about the spoiler.
He told The Sun: “The outstanding detective work of eagle-eyed Line of Duty fans has been awarded a glowing commendation from the gaffer himself, Supt Ted Hastings. Their call-up papers for AC-12 are in the post!”