The lawyer investigating David Cameron's lobbying attempts on behalf of loans firm Greensill has been urged to widen his probe to cover the former Prime Minister's role in torpedoing proposed curbs on Uber.
According to the MailOnline, Steve McNamara, head of the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, has asked Nigel Boardman to expand his inquiry to include Mr Cameron's 'undue influence' as Prime Minister.
Four years ago, an investigation by the Daily Mail claimed Mr Cameron and the then Chancellor George Osborne told aides to lobby Boris Johnson, who was London Mayor at the time, against proposed curbs on Uber.
In September 2015, Mr Johnson said Transport for London (TfL) was considering 25 measures, including making Uber and other private hire firms wait at least five minutes between taking a booking and picking up a customer.
It was hoped this would curb the proliferation of minicabs, but the Mayor and his aides began receiving angry messages from Downing Street and 'forthright texts' from Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne.
At the time, Mr Cameron had close personal relationships with Rachel Whetstone, Uber's then senior vice-president of policy and communications, and her husband Steve Hilton, who was his director of strategy from 2010 to 2012.
Daniel Korski, deputy head of Cameron's policy unit, led secret crisis talks between Ministers and the Mayor and his staff. In January 2016, the Mayor decided to drop almost all the curbs Uber disliked.
In his letter to Mr Boardman, Mr McNamara wrote: "The unprecedented interventions… included direct text messages believed to have been sent by Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne to the Mayor, as well as Number 10 officials, special advisers and Cabinet Ministers…dispatched to send a clear message that the proposed changes were unwelcome – even reportedly shouting at City Hall officials."
He claimed the lobbying by Mr Cameron, Mr Osborne and other No 10 officials amounted to an 'embrace of Uber' and an effort 'to protect its position in the market'.
In March 2017, Downing Street was accused of a cover-up for failing to divulge details of the lobbying operation following a Freedom of Information request. Emails between Mr Korski and the Mayor's staff were released by TfL.
The Information Commissioner's Office investigated, but The Mail on Sunday has revealed that the Government was cleared due to Cabinet Office rules that let officials destroy 'trivial information', including emails, within three months.
Caroline Pidgeon, a Liberal Democrat London Assembly member, also wants the inquiry to be broadened beyond Mr Cameron's lobbying for Greensill Capital to issue Government-backed loans to firms during the pandemic. She said it had to 'address the lax lobbying culture.'
Greensill adviser Mr Cameron – who did not respond to a request to comment last night – stood to make a fortune if it floated, but it collapsed in March. Uber declined to comment. A source said more than 200,000 signed a petition in Autumn 2015 against curbs on the firm.