After just three weeks in the job, Peter Cruddas was forced to resign as Conservative co-treasurer after the publication of secretly filmed footage, taken by undercover Sunday Times reporters, allegedly showing Mr Cruddas offering access to David Cameron and a friendly ear from the Tory policy board to high-end donors.

Mr Cruddas stated in his resignation speech that "it was categorically not the case that [he] could offer, or David Cameron would consider, any access as a result of a donation". Mr Cameron has promised a full investigation into the matter.