Conservative Party co-chair Ben Elliot has declined to answer questions about allegations that he raised money from holding meetings between wealthy businessmen and his uncle Prince Charles.
Mr Elliot has been accused of introducing thousands of pounds to his concierge company’s customers if he spends thousands of pounds on a subscription plan.
At the Tory conference in Manchester, the co-chair was repeatedly asked whether he was offering access to Prince Charles for money.
“Please, please… I wish you would stop bothering me,” he told Sky News – also refusing to answer questions about whether there was a conflict of interest between his company and his role as a Tory fundraiser. Was.
It comes as prominent Tory donor Mohamed Amarsi has suggested that the party call a “special investigation” into potential conflicts of interest surrounding Mr.
Mr Amarsi – who has denied involvement in a major corruption scandal after his name appeared in the so-called Pandora Papers this week – said conservatives should look into the “loopholes” in the regime.
“[Ben Elliot] Has done a great job in terms of raising funds,” the entrepreneur and philanthropist told Sky News. “If there are any loopholes in governance … they can be easily structured and addressed.”
He added: “Then the party and the board will have to see whether [Mr Elliot] Someone who is willing and able to work within those structures. If the answer is yes, then give him a chance. If the answer is no, perhaps invite them to reconsider their position.”
Mr Elliot has been accused of attempting to solicit donations in exchange for access, but there is no suggestion that Prince Charles was aware of the alleged attempts to raise funds.
Mr Amarsi has said that in 2013, Mr Elliot’s firm Quintessentially arranged for him to fly to meet Prince Charles over “an intimate dinner” at Dumfries House in Scotland.
He later became a trustee of a charity the Prince of Wales, and has since donated over £1.2m to causes supported by the future king.
Mr. Amarsi also claimed that the group of Tory donors acted similarly to Mr. Elliot’s private firm. “Someone needs to cough up or befriend Ben up to £250,000 a year,” he said financial Times.
A Conservative spokesman said: “Ben Elliott’s business and charitable work are entirely separate from the voluntary work he does for the party. Contributions to the Conservative Party are declared to the Election Commission in a fair and transparent manner.
Meanwhile, it emerged that Mr Amarsi advised Swedish telecoms firm Telia on a £162 million deal with the daughter of the former ruler of Uzbekistan in 2010, according to the BBC. Guardian – a payment later described by US officials as a “bribe”.
Lawyers for Tory Donner have denied that she “intentionally” helped facilitate any corrupt payments and that there was “no reason” to believe the money paid to Gulnara Karimova may have been a bribe.
And in a statement, Mr. Amarsi said he categorically rejected “any suggestion of wrongdoing” in his work as a consultant assisting Telia.
He said: “There has been an extensive investigation into Telia by several government officials and no allegations of misconduct or criminality have ever been leveled against me. My work as a consultant has always been conducted fairly and legally.”
Labor said the Tories should return the donation to Mr. “It is really worrying that the Conservatives have accepted hundreds of thousands of pounds from a man who appears to be linked to one of Europe’s biggest corruption scandals,” Labor chair Annelies Dodds said.
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