Mr Gupta Employee Ms Malin Bogue Campaigned for Mr Johnson
The Sunday Times reported that questions over the rise of the wealthy businessman Mr Sanjeev Gupta’s empire will be underlined by the revelation of a lobbyist linking him to the prime minister. An American lobbyist worked on Mr Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign while being paid by the controversial steel tycoon at the heart of the Greensill affair. Ms Malin Bogue volunteered as director of special projects during Johnson’s successful bid to become Conservative Party leader in 2019. The 31-year-old was pictured with Mr Johnson several times in her role overseeing events and visits across the country and was filmed singing pro-Brexit songs at his Westminster campaign base.
However, while she worked on the six-week campaign, she continued to be paid by Mr Sanjeev Gupta. She simultaneously worked for Mr Gupta’s firm GFG Alliance as a public affairs manager, which involved keeping close contact with Westminster figures to promote the company. She was recommended for the role on Mr Johnson’s campaign by Conservative Selby and Ainsty MP Mr Nigel Adams who had received tens of thousands of pounds worth of donations from Gupta.
A spokeswoman for Mr Johnson's campaign told the Sunday Times “All reportable donations to the Boris Johnson leadership campaign were correctly declared as required under electoral law. Ms Bogue was a political volunteer on the campaign, assisting with logistics. She worked free of charge and in her own time.”
There is no suggestion that any rules have been broken. But it is yet another link between the Tory party and organisations connected to Greensill. The rules state that the work of volunteers should be declared if they are funded by another body. A GFG spokesman told the Sunday Times “Ms Malin worked for GFG Alliance as a public affairs manager between March 2018 and October 2019. Ms Malin was on gardening leave for the final six months of her employment contract and was free to volunteer in her personal capacity.”