Business leader and former Tory donor 'couldn't believe you could buy access to ministers'

Former Tory party donor Julian Richer has told LBC he was shocked that “you could buy access to ministers'. @NickFerrariLBC

1/26/2022 1:36:00 PM

Former Tory party donor Julian Richer has told LBC he was shocked that “you could buy access to ministers'. NickFerrariLBC

Julian Richer, the former Tory party donor and founder of Richer Sounds, has told LBC he 'couldn't believe you could buy access to ministers' as he said he won't be getting out his cheque book for the Conservatives again.

Asked about the ongoing 'partygate' scandal and his views on the beleaguered Boris Johnson, Mr Richer said he "wouldn't want" the Prime Minister's job."What's more important in your mind, Ukraine or birthday cake?" Nick asked the entrepreneur, who is also a business columnist at The Sunday Times.

"Obviously Ukraine - I think birthday cake is symptomatic of too many mistakes."I think he's a decent bloke to go to the pub with, it's been great fun having a drink with him," Mr Richer continued.Read more:'It's going ahead' but Liz Truss refuses to say if she'd back delaying NI hike

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NickFerrariLBC Why was he shocked? That's how this country has worked since political parties were created A donation to the Tory Party is a de facto bribe NickFerrariLBC He's shocked? FFS. They'd sell you their grans at the right price.

'Severe' UK sanctions 'ready to go' as 100,000 Russian troops line Ukraine border Asked about the ongoing 'partygate' scandal and his views on the beleaguered Boris Johnson, Mr Richer said he "wouldn't want" the Prime Minister's job. "What's more important in your mind, Ukraine or birthday cake?" Nick asked the entrepreneur, who is also a business columnist at The Sunday Times. "Obviously Ukraine - I think birthday cake is symptomatic of too many mistakes. "I think he's a decent bloke to go to the pub with, it's been great fun having a drink with him," Mr Richer continued. Read more: 'It's going ahead' but Liz Truss refuses to say if she'd back delaying NI hike "But he's been too unlucky, too many mistakes, and if lying is involved that becomes a whole other level. "Of course, our leaders set the rules and we expect them to respect them. People have had a very tough time and they take this stuff seriously." Sue Gray's full inquiry was expected to be given to No10 by Tuesday evening, The Mirror reported – with the full report set to be published on Wednesday, possibly ahead of Prime Minister’s Questions at 12pm. Speaking to Nick Ferrari, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the report will be published "fairly imminently", but she doesn't know when it will be. She suggested parts of the report will be held back from publication due to security issues. LBC has contacted The Conservative Campaign Headquarters for comment.