Blair rejects claims he lobbies Cameron

Blair slaps down Cameron for suggesting that the so-called peace envoy to the Middle East used his position to lobby him.

Tony Blair has slapped down British Prime Minister David Cameron for suggesting that the so-called peace envoy to the Middle East used his position to lobby him.

Earlier on Thursday, during an interview about the influence of Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby on policy, Cameron compared Blair to the business man lobbyist, saying Å“Blair is someone who does lobby me from time to time on things like the Middle East peace process.”

Rejecting Cameronâ„¢s remarks, a spokesperson for Blair said Å“Tony Blair does not lobby David Cameron”.

Å“You cannot seriously compare Tony Blair’s role as quartet representative, which requires him to talk to governments around the world about the Middle East peace process, to that of a lobbyist,” his spokesperson claimed.

Cameron has come under renewed intensive pressure from senior members of the junior party to his coalition government, the Liberal Democrats after it emerged that Crosbyâ„¢s lobbying firm works for global tobacco giant Philip Morris.

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said Cameron has so far declined to answer whether he discussed plain cigarette packaging with Crosby.

Å“The prime minister needs to stop taking the public for fools, and start being straight with people. If he has never had a conversation about tobacco policy with Lynton Crosby, he should just say so. If he has, then he needs to stop dodging and admit it right now,” Trickett said.

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Republished with permission from: Press TV