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David Cameron is lining up a job with a £500million investment fund after lobbying a top Chinese official, it emerged today.
The former Prime Minister met with Ma Kai, a vice-premier who heads Beijing's finance ministry, to discuss a 'UK-China Fund' while on a trip to the country in September.
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The project, which is being set up by his friend and Tory Peer Lord Chadlington, is intended to foster business links.
Mr Cameron's office said today that he has applied to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments about taking a role.
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Mr Cameron has warned about 'crony capitalism' and referred to lobbying as 'the next big scandal waiting to happen'.
A spokesman for Mr Cameron said the 'correct processes would be followed' before any role was agreed or announced.
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'David Cameron is proud of the work he did as Prime Minister to boost the UK / China trade and investment relationship,' he said.
'He has publicly supported the idea of a UK-China Fund to boost trade links and UK jobs, discussed the idea with government and travelled to China to gauge its potential.
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'Having already taken advice from ACOBA on the appropriate process, now that there is a real prospect of the Fund being established and of him potentially taking a role with the Fund, he has submitted...
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