David Cameron has landed himself in hot water after being caught on camera telling the Queen that leaders of ‘fantastically corrupt’ countries were coming to a specially arranged anti-corruption summit he had organised.
During the summit, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to deliver a keynote address entitled: “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together”.
Mr Cameron could be heard in footage obtained by Channel 4 showing him chatting in a group including the Archbishop of Canterbury and Commons Speaker John Bercow.
The Prime Minister told the Queen: “We had a very successful cabinet meeting this morning to talk about our anti-corruption summit, we’ve got the Nigerians… actually we’ve got the leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain.
“Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.”
The Archbishop – The Most Rev Justin Welby – is heard to intervene to make clear that “this particular president” is not himself corrupt.
David Cameron is under pressure with the upcoming Brexit referendum, leading the ‘Remain’ side the Prime Minister has seen numbers backing it falter in recent days.
Downing Street didn’t address his latest comments with a spokesperson pointing out that the leaders of both Nigeria and Afghanistan have themselves spoken about the scale of their corruption problems.
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